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Attend the Virtual Gala

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Virtual Zootopia, presented by Baystate Financial

Saturday, May 8, 2021 

6:00 p.m. Gala Program to benefit Zoo New England
and honor E.O. Wilson Living the Mission Award Recipient
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & U. N. Messenger of Peace

6:30 p.m. Live Cocktail Reception with John Linehan, President & CEO


Zootopia, Zoo New England's annual fundraising gala, will virtually bring the Zoos to you for an inspiring evening this spring, featuring a special video message by E. O. Wilson Living the Mission Award honoree Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & U. N. Messenger of Peace. Thank you to NBC10 Boston, necn anchor Latoyia Edwards and chief meteorologist Matt Noyes, who will also be joining us for this year's event. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the natural world with animal appearances, insider updates, and a silent auction (coming soon)! 

Photo by Stuart Clarke

Through her more than 60 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. A compassionate conservation advocate, Dr. Goodall continues to inspire people around the world with her message of hope and belief in the collective power of individual action to save the world we all share. 


Your support of Zootopia 2021 directly benefits Zoo New England's Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, and supports the Zoos' mission to save species from extinction, educate visitors about wildlife and habitats, and participate in vital conservation work both locally and globally. By giving, you inspire the next generation of conservation stewards and connect people of all ages to wildlife and the wonders of our natural world. Thank you for making our work possible!

As in previous years, animal-inspired attire is strongly encouraged! While we can't be together in person, we would love to see pictures of your best look on social media - tag us and use #Zootopia to join in the fun from home.

Donate Now

Your tax-deductible donation to Zootopia directly funds Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, supporting our mission to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations. Together, we provide top-notch care for our animal inhabitants, create fun and educational programs for the community, and continue our conservation work to save species at home and abroad. Simply put, none of our impactful work is possible without your generous support!

Silent Auction Information and FAQs

The Zootopia Silent Auction is coming soon and is sure to blow you away! Thanks to many generous donors, we have a great variety of items that promise to incite some friendly bidding competition in support of your Zoos. Once the auction goes live, click below to learn more about how to interact with the items page and answer some of the most common auction questions.


Zootopia Host Committee 


Dave and Jennifer Porter


Ronnie Kanarek, Arts Curator          Lorenda Layne, Auction Chair

Committee Members

Elizabeth Duffy Hynes, Auction Co-Chair

Devon Black

Elizabeth Boates

Melissa Buckingham

Michael Ciano

Laura Goscinak   

Doris Howard

Gail Riggs Kelley

Araceli Rios

Who We Are

Zoo New England is the non-profit organization responsible for the operation of Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA. Both are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Our Mission

Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.

To learn more about our Zoos, education programs, and conservation efforts, please visit us at



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