The Franklin Park Zoo is welcoming guests back to its indoor exhibits now that the facility’s indoor buildings are open in accordance with the City of Boston’s return to Step 1 of Phase 3 of Massachusetts’ reopening plan.
The Tropical Forest, Bird’s World, and Franklin Farm exhibits are all currently welcoming guests once again at a reduced capacity to ensure a safe experience for all, with capacity limits being strictly enforced in accordance with city and state guidelines.
Visitors to the zoo will be able to meet a host of new arrivals from the Zoo’s fall baby boom in the indoor Tropical Forest: a western lowland gorilla baby, pygmy hippo calf, Baird’s tapir calf, and a De Brazza’s monkey baby. In a press release, the zoo updated the public on how some of the baby animals have spent their last few months in “quarantine”:
“Even while indoor exhibits have been closed, the dedicated care team at Zoo New England has been providing all of the animals with the same top-notch care as always. As the babies continue to grow, the team has enjoyed observing new milestones and behaviors from the little ones. Ptolemy, the pygmy hippo calf, and Millie, the Baird’s tapir calf, have both been enjoying playing and running with their moms and have been making waves with little laps in their on-exhibit pools. The gorilla baby has some of his first teeth coming in and has been working on his crawling and standing skills, while the bouncing baby De Brazza’s monkey has been spending a lot of time practicing his jumping skills around the exhibit, getting more brave and confident by the day.”
Guests can expect to see the hippo, tapir, and De Brazza’s families on exhibit from 10:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. daily. The gorilla family will have access to their exhibit space beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Tickets to visit Franklin Park Zoo must be purchased online and reserved for a specific time slot. Access to the indoor buildings is included with general admission.
Mask wearing and social distancing is required for all visitors. For more information and to reserve online timed tickets, visit www.franklinparkzoo.org.