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By adamg - 6/8/24 - 9:25 pm

Turkey chases ostrich

Bonnie Rovics was at the Franklin Park Zoo the other day when she noticed one of our local turkeys had gotten into the pen where the ostriches live - and that when an ostrich came after it, it mounted a counter-attack.

By adamg - 9/28/23 - 12:18 pm

WCVB reports on the 20th anniversary of the day Little Joe the gorilla escaped confinement at the Franklin Park Zoo, and updates us on his current status.

By adamg - 7/26/23 - 6:31 pm

Masai Giraffe Born at Franklin Park Zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo announces the birth of a new Masai giraffe, to parents Amari and Chad.

Amari and her calf are currently bonding behind the scenes. The baby’s public exhibit debut will be announced on the Zoo’s social media channels and website when the time comes.

By adamg - 2/21/22 - 12:11 pm

State Police report on the Worcester man's arrest this morning: Read more.

By Ron Newman - 11/3/20 - 5:46 pm

Because Governor Baker's new business early closing order includes zoos, the Franklin Park Zoo is now forced to cancel and refund all 9 pm and 9:30 pm tickets for the final 10 days of Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience.

The state has so far given no explanation of any mechanism by which turning away late-night zoo visitors will reduce transmission of the Covid-19 virus. Read more.

By adamg - 10/1/20 - 12:51 pm

The tapir twins are here!

The Franklin Park Zoo reports that Abby, one of its Baird's tapirs, gave birth Thursday to twin babies, something that's never before been reported at either a zoo or in the wild. Read more.

By adamg - 8/21/20 - 9:21 am
Walk-through, lantern-lit giant shark at Franklin Park

Greg Cook takes us on a tour of Boston Lights, a series of 50 lantern-lit fabric statues of animals at the Franklin Park Zoo that will be on display through Nov. 1.

By adamg - 5/26/20 - 2:33 pm

Zoo New England is announcing that both its zoos will re-open their outdoor exhibits to the general public on June 4 - but that you'll have to first go online to buy timed tickets in advance - no more just showing up. Also, you'll have to wear a facial covering, follow a one-way path through the exhibits and stay six feet away from other groups. Read more.

By adamg - 5/11/20 - 4:42 pm
Cop and peackock

An unflappable Boston cop managed to wing it and outwit a large but bird-brained runaway from the Franklin Park Zoo today, luring a truant peacock back into captivity with the help of his department-issued smartphone. Read more.

By adamg - 11/30/19 - 7:45 pm

The Franklin Park Zoo reports that Gigi, a 47-year-old lowland gorilla, was euthanized this morning after suffering from a number of health conditions that had worsened in recent days. Read more.

By adamg - 5/27/19 - 9:51 am

Masshole Mommy takes us on a tour of the zoo's latest exhibit - of large statues of various insects.

By adamg - 4/27/19 - 2:17 pm
Large fallen branch in Franklin Park

Velospeed shows the aftermath of half a tree falling on a tent at Franklin Park Zoo shortly after 1 p.m., reports at least one person hurt.

WBZ reports a woman was taken to Brigham and Women's with minor injuries.

By adamg - 9/26/17 - 12:48 pm

Fester the Corpse Flower is getting ready to bloom in the Franklin Park Zoo's tropical-forest exhibit.

Fester is one of seven corpse flowers at Franklin Park Zoo. The other plants are currently off exhibit in the Zoo’s greenhouse. This will be Fester’s third bloom; he previously bloomed in 2012 and 2014.

By adamg - 8/29/17 - 11:40 am

A Baird's tapir baby is on the way!

Zoo New England reports that Abby, a Baird's tapir is pregnant and that an ultrasound shows the baby is doing fine, too.

By adamg - 8/4/16 - 6:35 pm
Baby giraffe at Franklin Park Zoo

Photo by Zoo New England.

Zoo New England reports the Franklin Park Zoo giraffe baby rushed to the Tufts animal hospital when it wasn't doing too well after its July 24 birth got well enough to be returned to the zoo. Read more.

By adamg - 7/29/16 - 9:07 am

Zoo New England reports a giraffe calf born late Sunday was transported to Tuft's Cummings Veterinary Medical Center in Grafton. Read more.

By adamg - 11/20/15 - 10:18 pm

Veterinarians gathered at the Franklin Park Zoo today for a physical for Kitombe, a western lowland gorilla at the zoo. Zoo New England reports the physical went well once Kitombe was anesthetized for the protection of both patient and veterinarians. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/15 - 11:04 pm

Jef Taylor, who works at the Franklin Park Zoo, shows us the nest a pair of house sparrows built in a weed trimmer stored in a zoo tool cage:

Nest components: grasses, trash, flamingo feathers.

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