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Celebrate Little Joe’s Birthday!

Franklin Park Zoo

February 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

It’s Little Joe’s birthday and you’re invited to the party!

Buy General Admission Tickets

Included with general Zoo admission. No additional purchase or reservation is required for Zoo membersEvent takes place rain or shine! 

The gorilla habitat inside the Tropical Forest will be festively decorated with enrichment items, and the gorillas will enjoy a special birthday cake handmade by their care team. 

Events Schedule

  • 9:00 a.m. – Gorillas can be seen in the indoor habitat (watch them discover the birthday enrichment and treats) 
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Education Station, activity table
  • 10:00 a.m. – Gorilla Keeper Chat  
  • 2:00 p.m. – Gorilla Keeper Chat 

Gorillas on the line...Answer the Call

In honor of Little Joe’s birthday, help gorillas by recycling your old phone or tablet. We've teamed up with Eco-Cell, a company that partners with zoos across the country, to collect used cell phones and recycle or refurbish them for reuse. All proceeds from donated devices support our Gorilla SAFE program.

Drop off your device in the collection box in the Tropical Forest, or better yet, start your own collection drive! We’ll work with your group, class, team, organization or workplace to join the recycling challenge!

Committed to Conservation

We're committed to protecting gorillas and their habitat. Here are some efforts we're involved in, and ways you can help, too!

Great Apes Conservation

The Ape TAG Conservation Initiative is a collective effort by zoos to help conserve wild populations of endangered apes in their natural habitats. Projects range from species monitoring and protection to law enforcement, ecotourism, and veterinary and disease monitoring. All projects include the local communities. These projects help gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, gibbons and their habitats.

Cross-River Gorilla Conservation at the Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary

We've been a longtime supporter of gorilla conservation, devoting passion, expertise and resources to the preservation of this iconic species. Through this partnership, we deepen our commitment to not only Cross-River gorillas, but to the Community Rangers who work to protect them.


Zoo New England is proud to support the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' SAFE initiative (Saving Animals from Extinction), a bold effort focused on #SavingSpecies. SAFE is a commitment by the Association's accredited zoos and aquariums to harness our collective resources, focus on specific endangered species, and save them from extinction by restoring healthy populations in the wild. 

Species Survival Plan

Zoo New England participates in the Western lowland gorilla Species Survival Plan. 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 endangered species.

Cell Phone Donations

Electronic gadgets like cell phones, ipods and tables contain coltan, a mineral extracted from the forests of Africa. Mining for coltan destroys the natural habitat of gorillas and many other species, pushing these animals closer to extinction. Zoo New England has teamed up with Eco-Cell, a company that partners with zoos across the country, to collect your recycled cell phones and refurbish them for reuse. This reduces the need for more coltan, leads to less mining and destruction of habitat, and helps the gorillas!

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