For centuries, the only way to see a snow leopard and a giraffe on the same day was to ride a saddled giraffe all the way to the Arctic Circle. Witness climatological opposites coexist with today's Groupon to Zoo New England. Choose between the following options:
- For $16, you get admission for two to the Franklin Park Zoo (up to a $32 value).
- For $13, you get admission for two to the Stone Zoo in Stoneham (up to a $26 value).
Note that Children under two receive free admission.
Zoo New England is a nonprofit organization that operates both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, with a driving focus on protecting endangered species and conservation education. Enlist a fellow animal-lover, strap on a pith helmet, and tour a variety of themed exhibits housing hundreds of exotic animal species and mountain-dwelling wildlife from around the globe. Mop a sweaty brow while wandering through Franklin Park's tropical rainforest habitat, home to thousands of plants as well as mandrills, ocelots, a pygmy hippopotamus, and the western lowland gorilla exhibit, which lets visitors bond with their fellow great apes through one of five glass viewing windows. Or, explore Stone Zoo's Treasures of the Sierra Madre exhibit and take a gilded gander at jaguars, cougars, and Gila monsters. In Stone Zoo's 20-foot tall gibbon enclosure, human apes can observe other primates' grooming techniques, such as picking twigs out of fur and placing pickle slices over the eyes.
Zoo New England
Thanks to Zoo New England, little patches of wilderness from Africa, South America, Australia, and other parts of the world now dot Massachusetts. The non-profit organization operates both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, each full of exotic creatures and their habitats. These microcosms represent an ideal world, one where endangered species thrive and fragile ecosystems last for generations to come.
At Franklin Park Zoo, tigers display their exotic stripes in the Tiger Tales exhibit where guests are educated on the perils these animals face in their natural habitats. Elsewhere, thousands of plants as well as mandrills, ocelots, and a pygmy hippopotamus turn the zoo into a tropical rainforest.
Stone Zoo, meanwhile, places simulations of the world's highlands next to Spot Pond. One area focuses on the Sierra Madre mountain range, which spans Mexico and the Southwestern U.S. The elevated habitat counts jaguars, coyotes, Gila monsters, and cougars among its denizens.
A portion of every admission goes to the organization's conservation efforts, which supports projects both locally and globally. For would-be zookeepers, Zoo New England hosts various adult and kids' educational programs, and lets volunteers help in the care of zoo plants and animals.