June events to be held at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo

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Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo to host June events

Help us celebrate your father (and all of ours!) at Franklin Park and Stone Zoos this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18th, with free admission for all fathers throughout the day. Bring Dad along with the entire family to either Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo for a memorable day spent discovering all of the incredible animals at each Zoo! Be sure to look for all of the animal dads – at Franklin Park Zoo, say hello to Kit the western lowland gorilla and his offspring Kimani, Kambiri and Azize. At Stone Zoo, be sure to stop by Windows to the Wild to see Linne’s two-toed sloth dad Nero with baby Molasses, as well as the white-cheeked gibbon exhibit to visit dad Kien and his offspring Paddy and Jian.

Additionally, don’t miss Butterfly Landing at Franklin Park Zoo! The popular, seasonal exhibit will open June 17 (weather-permitting). At Butterfly Landing, guests have the opportunity to stroll through this tranquil environment filled with butterflies. This tented, outdoor exhibit also features several garden beds, a pond and soothing surround-sound music. Butterfly Landing will be open through Labor Day, September 4.

Visit Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday, June 24th to celebrate the fourth annual World Giraffe Day! Over the past 15 years, giraffe numbers have steadily declined in the wild from 140,000 to an estimated 90,000 today. This worldwide event is meant to raise support, create awareness and provide a deeper understanding of the challenges that these animals face in the wild.

There will also be activities and zookeeper encounters throughout the day, which are perfect opportunities to ask questions and learn more about the giraffe family at Franklin Park Zoo!

Zoo New England is deeply committed to the conservation of these majestic animals and is an active participant in the Giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP) – a cooperative, inter-zoo program coordinated nationally through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. SSPs are designed to maintain genetically diverse and demographically stable captive populations of species. Zoo New England has been proud to support a variety of projects dedicated to giraffe conservation in the wild.

For more information, please visit: http://www.zoonewengland.org/

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