Franklin Park Zoo Science & Conservation Day

on March 1, 2013

Silverback Gorilla

While taking the kids to the zoo is always a fun family day activity, a particularly good time to visit Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo (1 Franklin Park Rd., Dorchester MA) is April 27 as the animal park celebrates Science & Conservation Day.

If you are curious about how Zoos support conservation locally and globally and interested about how zoo research can help save animals around the world, this is the event for you.

One of the featured attractions will a lecture by Dr. Richard Wrangham and Dr. Elizabeth Ross, entitled Chimpanzee Futures In A Crowded World: Lessons From Western Uganda. For 25 years, the pair have worked inside and outside of Uganda’s Kibale National Park to promote a long future for thousands of chimpanzees and tens thousands of people. A discussion on behavior and enrichment studies as well as veterinary and husbandry studies will follow.

The opportunity to also go behind-the-scenes at the Zoo will follow.

The event takes place on Saturday April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tropical Forest classroom inside the zoo. Admission is $35 per person, which includes both a box lunch and zoo admission. More information is available at zoonewengland.org.