Dogs are trained to track many, many things. Drugs, guns, prey -- but turtles? That is the case for Koda, an Australian shepherd mix. Koda has been specifically trained to track and find eastern box turtles, which are a locally rare species in Massachusetts due to habitat loss. After a year of training, Koda got to test her her abilities in Franklin Park in late August -- and succeeded quite well!
Feel like you’re in a fairytale at Franklin Park Zoo! Meet and pose for photos with the princesses and learn how you can be a pirate under the instruction of Captain Jack and his crew. There will also be crafts, special animal encounters and an education station. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite fairy tale outfit, and don’t forget the camera!
Join us as we celebrate International Red Panda Day at Franklin Park Zoo. Learn all about these species during zookeeper chats. Meet author Gemmesa Johnson and listen to a reading of her book Seacoo. Books will be available for purchase in the gift shop. Come discover how you can help save red pandas!
In honor of World Lion Day on August 10, visitors to Franklin Park Zoo will have the opportunity to learn more about these majestic animals and why conservation efforts on their behalf are so important. Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to see 10-year-old lion brothers Dinari and Kamaia at the lion exhibit located within Kalahari Kingdom. There will be lion themed crafts and activities for children, as well as the opportunity to learn more about these incredible animals by visiting with the Zoo’s education staff. During special zookeeper talks, guests can learn what it’s like to care for these animals each day as well as the threats lions face in the wild.
Franklin Park Zoo is proud to honor those who risk their lives to keep our community safe. On Saturday, August 3, first responders will receive FREE admission to the Zoo. Accompanying family members will receive $5 off admission, up to five people. First responders include employees of an emergency service who are likely to be among the first people to assist at the scene of an emergency such as an accident or natural disaster. This would include personnel such as firefighters, EMTs, and police officers.