It was opening day at the Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center in Springfield — a full nine weeks later than usual — but Sarah Tsitso liked what she saw.
“People are definitely responding,” said Tsitso, the zoo’s executive director, as guests took advantage of a new timed reservation system that, at least for now, lets only 10 people in every 10 minutes, to promote social distancing. “It’s great seeing families and children so happy being out seeing the animals, and the animals are happy to see their friends come back. We close the first week of November. That’s a long time to be closed to the public.”
The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center has successfully completed 125 years of serving the greater Springfield community. We look forward to the next 125 years and to continue educating the community on wildlife education, conservation and rehabilitation.
Balise is once again showcasing its exceptional commitment to community by donating a new, fully wrapped, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe for The Zoo’s education programs. We are so thankful to General Manager, Brian Houser and his team at Balise Hyundai in Springfield!
Molly, a three year veteran of The Zoo's Crew In Training (CIT) Program receives award for Excellence in SAE (Supported Agricultural Experience). Molly will be returning to The Zoo's CIT Program this summer.
On April 27th, The Zoo hosted its Annual Eggstravaganza event. The day was filled with a candy trail, crafts and activities, face painting, a visit from the Easter Bunny and up-close animal interactions.
On April 6th, The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center welcomed two new residents, a pair of Bald Eagles, that were adopted through the Alaskan Raptor Center last winter after undergoing rehabilitation for permanent injuries.
On September 14, employees from Baystate Health, Health New England and the Men’s Wearhouse of Chicopee came out to The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center for United Way of Pioneer Valley’s Day of Caring.
On July 26, The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center held its second annual Brew at The Zoo. Eight local Breweries served up beers through the night while food trucks from the area sold meals to the 358 guests that attended the event.
On July 11, The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center welcomed its two newest residents, Servals, that were generously donated by Paul Picknelly of the Sheraton Springfield and Starbucks at Monarch Place and the Springfield Thunderbirds.
As fun as the snow has been, we are beyond excited for the start of the 2017 season. A few of the great things in the works include: exciting new keeper talks and education programming, upgrades to our grounds and exhibits, and more!
You have the greatest impact. Without a strong, supportive community of individuals, like you, we would not be able to provide these educational, fun, and engaging opportunities for thousands of children and families every year.