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Franklin Park Zoo

One would never mistake the Franklin Park Zoo for the Bronx, San Diego or Atlanta zoos. It's much smaller and, in some ways, sadder than its counterparts elsewhere (and now has to make do on far less, thanks to state budget cuts). Still, it does have some redeeming qualities that make it worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.

Chief among these is the Tropical Forest building, which houses the zoo's primate collection - in particular the large gorilla exhibit (no longer home, however, to the wandering Little Joe).

People kept hoping the gorilla below would turn around, but it's probably just as well he didn't, given what he was actually doing at the time, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

Orange you glad the Tropical Forest building also houses colorful birds?

Start speadin' the gnus:

This bird lives at the bird building:

This bird lives in Roslindale:

Holy cow!

You can tell what the king of the jungle is thinking: "Oh, why, why, why does that glass have to be there?!?"

What are YOU lookin' at?

The zoo has several peacocks wandering the grounds:

Which one is Chip and which one is Dale?

So, are zebras black with white stripes or white with black stripes?

Besides the animals, the zoo has a number of interesting buildings and structures. If you squint, the Tropical Forest building actually looks like some sort of ape:

The bird building has a Chinese theme:

There are a couple of towers that look like somebody started to build a castle then walked away in the middle of the job:

The park exit of the zoo has two large allegorical statues. If you look carefully at this one, its message appears to be: Don't sit on your baby (look just below the guy's right knee).


Comments

I am from Argentina and I will go to your country in 12 of June.I am 15 years old and I want to visit this ZOO.I don't know the address of the ZOO how I will arrive (the street,etc...) .I wish your answer quickly

tomas gilbert on May 17, 2004 05:25 PM.


We just visited your zoo and found it very disappointing. Even Nashville's zoo is better, and it is only a few years old. We felt we had waisted an afternoon getting there when we could have seen something else.

Lana Randolph on October 2, 2004 10:45 AM.


I am not a fan of keeping animals in captivity, however, i feel that the franklin park zoo treats their animals with kindess, respect, and great care. I hope the zoo continues its quest to insure the best for its animals.

Jason Snaith on December 9, 2004 09:14 PM.


I grew up a short walk from The then fabulous Franklin Park Zoo in the 1940's and the 1950's and even then I took the zoo for granted. However, it's so sad reading the current visitors comments about the zoo now. When I was a little girl the Franklin Park Zoo was a paradise filled with every animal beginning with polar bears, giraffes, monkeys, a bird aviary, lions and tigers,a beautiful fantasy rose garden, much greenery and picnic areas and paths to walk and a big stadium for football games very popular on Thanksgiving morning. What wonderful memories I have. I'm so sorry that it is not the same today.

Irene (Imbrogna) DiNucci on January 3, 2005 01:33 PM.


When I was a little girl I lived a short walk to the fabulous Franklin Park Zoo, then a green oasis in the city. To me it was a fantasy land filled with polar bears, zebras, lions and tigers, primates,gorgeous birds, peacocks, elephants, reptiles, and a beautiful rose garden wonderful. There were many walking paths and picnic areas,much greenery and a football stadium famous for its Thanksgiving morning game I believe between Boys Latin School and English High School. I have very fond memories of exploring the park at a time when it was safe to do so. I wish it were the same today.

Irene (Imbrogna) DiNucci on January 3, 2005 01:44 PM.


When I was a little girl in the 1940's and 1950's I lived a short walk from the Franklin Park Zoo. To me it was a wonderful oasis in the part of the city I lived in. It was filled with lions and tigers, polar bears and other bears, elephants, zebras, all kinds of primates, a beautiful bird aviary, peacocks, reptiles, rhinocerus, and a magnificant enclosed rose and flower garden. There was a football stadium famous for its Thanksgiving morning football competition between Boston Latin School and English High School. It was so much fun to explore the park filled with much greenery and picnic areas and walking paths. I'm sorry its not the same today for tourists.

Irene (Imbrogna) DiNucci on January 3, 2005 01:56 PM.


i thing that the pichers are great to look at but it needs more writing in it

kelly watkins on October 4, 2005 10:55 AM.


it should be FREE like the one in Washington DC.

setsuna clark on November 14, 2005 08:33 AM.


i want to go but my friend just got a puppy and we were gona go for her b-day tomorrow and we wanted to no if dogs were allowed and please tell us quick! thank you

stephannie on July 5, 2006 02:08 PM.


I love zoos cuz im a an animal person and i hate ot see animals hurt nad mstreated...i think you do a WONDERFUL job at keeping ur animals comfortable and at home...and for that i tjhank you greatly

Morgan on July 6, 2006 01:20 PM.


Hi, I love this ZOO. I will give you the address of this ZOO. Please email me. Thanks

WILL

Will on April 25, 2007 12:07 PM.


the lion one is funny!

heidigipson on August 24, 2007 01:30 PM.


I am so glad to see this zoo resurrected ... I spent many, many Sundays here as a child with my four brothers and Dad; this was a super place to experience, and fortunately, still is. Congratulations on the re-birth!

Laurel on March 25, 2008 10:30 AM.


I am so glad to see this zoo resurrected ... I spent many, many Sundays here as a child with my four brothers and Dad; this was a super place to experience, and fortunately, still is. Congratulations on the re-birth!

Laurel on March 25, 2008 10:30 AM.


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