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Nominate a Zoo Hero!


2013 Zoo Heroes, Anna Rose Rudy and Adam Crellin-Sazama

Do you know an outstanding youth who is an advocate for wildlife and conservation? Nominate him or her for the Zoo Hero Youth Award.

As part of the celebration of Zootopia, Zoo New England's annual fundraising gala, Zoo staff is excited to announce the Third Annual Zoo Hero Youth Award. The nominated youth should be between the ages of eight and 18, have demonstrated a positive commitment to ZNE and its conservation mission, and have engaged in some outstanding action to support this. The award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship, will be presented at Zootopia on May 9, 2015 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.

“We are always incredibly moved when we hear stories about how the Zoo and the animals inspire and empower people, particularly kids, to make a difference in their community,” said John Linehan, President and CEO of Zoo New England. “Our past award winners have been truly exceptional young people with a passion for wildlife and conservation. We are looking forward to once again presenting the Zoo Hero Youth Award in recognition of an outstanding youth making a positive difference on behalf of wildlife, conservation and the environment.”

Nominations for the Zoo Hero Youth Award are being accepted through Friday, March 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Nomination forms are available here. E-mail questions to

About Zootopia

Zootopia 2015 is a gala event that will “bring the Zoo” to the Seaport District as the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel's ballroom is transformed for an unforgettable evening. This annual fundraising gala, which will be held May 9 from 6:00 - 11:00 p.m., begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a spectacular dinner, live auction and dancing. Attendees are encouraged to wear animal-inspired attire.

Proceeds from Zootopia 2015 will directly benefit Zoo New England's Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo and will help to further the Zoos' mission to inspire and educate the next generation of conservation stewards and leaders.

Visit our Zootopia page or call 617-989-2012 to purchase tickets or to learn about sponsorship opportunities.