This year's World Wildlife Day theme is "Big Cats: Predators Under Threat." Learn what you can do to help protect and make a difference for the future of big cats. Ask questions directly to zookeepers about some of the endangered animals that call Franklin Park Zoo home during zookeeper chats. Guest are also invited to discover more about big cat conservation at the education table and get creative at the craft table.
Zookeeper Chat Schedule
10:30 a.m. – Baird's tapir
10:45 a.m. - Lion
11:00 a.m. – Birds' World
11:30 a.m. – Tiger
1:10 p.m. – Red panda
1:30 p.m.– Mystery animal encounter in Tropical Forest Hippo Theatre
Committed to Conservation:
Cheetah, jaguar, leopard, lion, puma, snow leopard, tiger: these majestic big cats are all under threat. Their populations are steadily declining due to poaching, habitat loss, and the illegal trade. Tiger populations have decreased by 95% over the past 100 years and African lion populations dropped by 40% in just 20 years. It's up to us to make the changes—raising awareness, living more sustainably, supporting conservation efforts—that can help reverse these alarming population trends.
Zoo New England participates in the African lion, tiger, puma and snow leopard Species Survival Plans. By sharing research and knowledge, participating institutions work together to establish guidelines that best ensure the health of captive populations, and with success, the survival of otherwise extinct species.