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A Roaring Birthday Celebration

Franklin Park Zoo

March 9, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 African lion Dinari will be 15 this year, and you're invited to the mane event!

Buy General Admission Tickets

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

  • At 9:00 a.m., watch as the birthday boy receives special enrichment treats prepared by his care team.
  • Prowl by the Zebra entrance between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. to high-five our lively lion mascot.
  • Join our keeper chat scheduled at 11:00 a.m. to learn more about lions.
  • Visit the Lion Conservation Fund table in the Tropical Forest for fun activities and more information on how to protect these majestic animals.

Committed to Conservation

AZA SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction

We're proud to support the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' SAFE initiative: A commitment to harness our collective resources, focus on specific endangered species, and save them from extinction by restoring healthy populations in the wild. The African lion is one of AZA's SAFE species.

AZA organizations are partnering with organizations in Africa to mitigate conflict between farmers and lions, increase monitoring of the lion population’s numbers and distribution, and address habitat loss. The SAFE African lion team will work towards their goals and with the Lion Recovery Fund and Disney's Protect the Pride campaign, to double the number of lions in the wild by 2050. 

Species Survival Plan

Zoo New England participates in the African lion 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 otherwise extinct species.

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Event Sponsorship
Is your company interested in sponsoring this event? Zoo New England has many different types of packages that will fit your company’s goals. Please contact Kevin Milhomme at or 617-379-5131 for more information.