Conservation Society is Here!

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A divided banner showing a person using a telemetry antenna, a yellow wildflower, a spotted salamander in a person's hand, and a turtle on a field of sphagnum moss.

Introducing Zoo New England’s latest program to better connect people and nature – our Conservation Society! The Conservation Society was designed for folks who are excited about the opportunity to go above and beyond the role of observers in the organization’s conservation work. It’s out hope that our Conservation Society will form a nucleus of highly informed, highly engaged, and highly passionate volunteers and supporters who can expand our capacity to champion the causes of wildlife in need both at home in New England and abroad. Read on to learn more! 

Zoo New England manages two zoos in the Boston area: Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo. But we also work beyond the walls of the zoo, on wildlife conservation both globally and here in New England. Park admission fees and Zoo New England memberships go a long way towards supporting the vital work that ZNE does for animals, but we know that many people are eager to do more for wildlife. If you’re one of those people, then Zoo New England’s Conservation Society is for you. 

Stone Zoo’s snow leopards and their wild cousins are just a few of the rare animals that ZNE works to protect.

Our Field Conservation Department is all about conservation beyond the zoo. Along with our international partners, that means tracking and protecting wild Snow Leopards in the Himalayas, saving amphibians from the deadly chytrid fungus in Central America, and saving the habitats of the Cross River Gorilla in Nigeria and Cameroon. Closer to home, we track and headstart rare Blanding’s, wood, box, and spotted turtles, foster rare salamanders at vernal pools, and propagate imperiled native wildflowers that are key food sources for New England’s pollinator insects. This important work depends on the support of people just like you, and now we’ve made it easier than ever to get involved. 

Two young wood turtles with sculptured shells and bright orange arms sit on a rock in the middle of a stream. Both have a small gray radio transmitter attached to their shells.
Stella and Ivan, a pair of rare wood turtles headstarted and released right here in Massachusetts with ZNE’s Field Conservation department. Each of them carries a radio transmitter to help us track their movements.

When you join the Conservation Society, you’ll gain access to exclusive field events led by our Field Conservation staff that will allow you get up close and personal with the wild plants and animals we protect right here in New England. You can even pitch in with our habitat restoration and wildlife tracking efforts, if you’re excited about getting your hands dirty. We’ll also be supplying video updates from the field about the good work your Society membership is supporting, and you’ll score invitations to informative private lectures and talks by our international conservation partners about giraffes, snow leopards, hicatees, and more. What’s more, if you’re not already a Zoo New England member, buying a Conservation Society membership also entitles you to a discounted Zoo New England membership!

Visit our website to sign up and learn more!  

A group of 12 people standing on a sunny hillside with brush and trees in the background. Some are standing, some kneeling.
A team of ZNE staff and volunteers with newly-created nesting habitat for turtles at one of our habitat restoration sites.