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Help Hamisi Celebrate His 1st Birthday July 23rd at Franklin Park Zoo!

Hamisi and his mom, Jana from 2009

Join Dad, Beau and Mom, Jana to help celebrate the birth of their male offspring, Hamisi, during a special 1st birthday party at Franklin Park Zoo. 

Hamisi’s parents, Beau and Jana, are both ranked very highly in terms of their importance to maintaining the genetic diversity of the North American captive Masai giraffe population. Hamisi was the third calf born to Beau and Jana. The giraffes make their home on the Giraffe Savannah at Franklin Park Zoo.

In honor of the celebration, Zoo visitors will enjoy complimentary ice cream samples of J.P. Licks’ limited-edition giraffe-themed flavor, “Hamisi’s TreeTopper Delight,” available at all J.P. Licks’ locations for the month of July.

Guests are also welcome to enjoy a complimentary animal-themed yoga class for all ages, led by instructor, Katy O’Brien, from Stil Studio at Dedham’s Legacy Place, special zookeeper encounters throughout the day and the opportunity to sign a giant birthday card for Hamisi.

WHEN:          Friday, July 23

11:00AM – 3:00PM

*Yoga class will take place from 11:00AM – NOON

**Class attendees are asked to bring their own mats or towels and to meet on the grass near the Zoo’s playground.

TICKETS:     Event is free with regular paid admission

Franklin Park Zoo Admission:  $14.00 for adults; $8.00 for children (2-12); Children under 2 are free. 

Giraffe Savannah, Franklin Park Zoo


July 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

Don’t miss an engaging talk about pumas and conservation at Stone Zoo!

WHEN: July 17, 1:00 p.m.

Stone Zoo Animal Discovery Center Stone Zoo is pleased to welcome Zara McDonald, Founder and Executive Director of Felidae Conservation Fund, who will speak about pumas and conservation. The talk will be about San Francisco Bay Area pumas and the work currently underway to study and protect them. These keystone predators (also called mountain lions) play a critical role in maintaining the health and biodiversity of their ecosystems. However, expansion of human populations is causing increasing encounters and conflicts between humans and pumas, and growing tensions in local communities. The program will provide a compelling view of the natural grace and beauty of these animals and will delve into the biological and ecological science that is working for their preservation.

This talk is FREE with paid Zoo admission. For more information visit

June 30, 2010 at 8:46 pm Leave a comment

Look for these special summer programs at Stone Zoo: July 1 through August 31, 2010

EVERY DAY at 3:00 p.m.: Ask an Educator – Exhibit Talk

Ever wonder what reindeer eat, or how big the bald eagle’s wing span is? Now is your chance to ask an educator during an exhibit talk, daily at 3:00 p.m. weather permitting. Check in at the admissions booth for information on exhibit location.

Stone Zoo’s Bald Eagle. Credit: John Harrison

WEEKDAYS (Monday – Friday) at 10:30 a.m.: Exploring Ecosystems Amphitheatre Program

From the freezing temperatures of the arctic to the blazing sun of the desert, our world holds such diverse places to live! Each day, come discover one of these places and the animals that live there. 10:30 a.m. at the amphitheatre, weather permitting.

WEEKENDS (Saturday & Sunday) at 11:30 a.m.: Storytime for Kids in the Amphitheatre

Come join us at the amphitheatre for a storytime every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., weather permitting.

June 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm Leave a comment


If you’ve made every excuse in the book as to why you can’t visit the state’s wildest attraction (located in your own backyard, mind you!), we’re no longer taking “no” for an answer! Grab your friends and family and hop on a shuttle for a complimentary ride to Franklin Park Zoo, located a mere 5 miles outside of the city.  This is a great opportunity for tourists or those without a car (and those too lazy to take the bus or T!).  Be sure not to miss the brand new Aussie Aviary, a free-flight, interactive experience, and our new giraffe feeding station.


Saturday June 26 and Sunday, June 27


Saturday, July 10 and Saturday, July 17


Buses will be looping from 10 AM – 4 PM; all rides are first come, first serve


 Trinity Place @ St. James, adjacent to the Copley Fairmont Plaza Hotel, Back Bay

 Washington Street @ Avery, in front of BiNA Osteria, Downtown Crossing

 *Please look for the attendant with Zoo signage at each location

*Shuttles will drop off guests at same pick-up location

*Estimated ride time is 15 to 20 minutes

 For additional information, please visit

June 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Stone Zoo’s Next Bottle & Can Drive is June 12th!

Gather up your bottles and cans! If you are interested in not only helping the environment but contributing to a worthy cause, bring your empty bottles and cans to Stone Zoo during the Bottle and Can Drive. The next Bottle and Can Drive will be held this Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Stone Zoo parking lot.

June 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm Leave a comment

Stone Zoo’s Eco-explorers Summer Program for Kids!

Animals from around the world call many different places home. Spend a week exploring some of these ecosystems and making new friends at Stone Zoo during the Eco-explorers Summer Program for kids! Each half-day session of this week-long program will include age appropriate group activities, games, animal encounters and more. Sessions begin June 21. For details and cost, visit Space is limited and advance registration is required.

June 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

Celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8 at Both Our Zoos!

Celebrate World Oceans Day on Tuesday, June 8 by increasing your water awareness. Go on a scavenger hunt and see if you can find the hidden fishy facts around the Zoo! There will also be special activities throughout the day. For more information visit or

June 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

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