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Franklin Park Zoo

June 10, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Save the date for Zootopia 2023 at Franklin Park Zoo!

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Zootopia is once again returning to the grounds of Franklin Park Zoo for an inspiring evening in celebration of the natural world! We invite you to join us with special animal guests, chef's tasting stations, and exciting auctions to benefit your Zoos. Hosts for the evening are Tevin Wooten, Meteorologist, NBC10 Boston, and Priscilla Casper, News Anchor, NBC10 Boston. During the cocktail reception, guests have the opportunity to meet a few animal ambassadors and stroll through the Zoo. Animal-inspired cocktail attire is encouraged!

Schedule of Events:

  • 6:30 p.m.: Interactive Experiences - Mix and Mingle - Tasting Plates - Wild Cocktails
  • 7:30 p.m.: Program - Awards - Auctions
  • 8:15 p.m.: D.J. - Dessert - Dancing

Event proceeds help further the Zoos’ mission to inspire and educate the next generation of conservation stewards and leaders.

Please contact Kim Hodlin at 617-259-7077 or with any questions.

Submit your nominations for the Young Conservationist Award

Do you know an outstanding youth who is an advocate for wildlife and conservation? Nominate them for the Young Conservationist Award!

Submit a Nomination

As part of the Zootopia celebration, we're excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Young Conservationist Award.

The nominated youth should be enrolled in grades 3 through 12, have demonstrated a positive commitment to conservation at large and/or Zoo New England’s mission, and have engaged in some outstanding action to support this. 

The award, which includes a $2,500 scholarship, will be presented at the Zootopia gala to further the recipient's project, conservation work and education. The winner and two adults will receive complimentary tickets to Zootopia to participate in the awards ceremony.

Nominations for the Young Conservationist Award are being accepted through Friday, April 7, 2023 at 5pm. Please email questions to

A look back at Zootopia 2022:


Together, we raised over $700,000 to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations. The event lived up to its theme - Climbing to New Heights - in many ways:

  • Phenomenal fundraising for Zoo New England's programs - we raised a record-setting $706,660 and counting!
  • The Wild Things, Zoo New England's emerging leaders group, stepped up to offer their first challenge gift for our Fund-A-Need Auction, which was matched and raised $8,500 critical dollars for animal care, education, and conservation initiatives.
  • Nearly 350 guests rocked their best animal-inspired attire for the gala's return to Franklin Park Zoo after 15 years.
  • We honored the impressive "Kid Conservationist" Jack Dalton with this year's Young Conservationist Award for his efforts to save orangutans.