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A review for you about Boo at the Zoo


The Stone Zoo, in Stoneham, is small.  That’s probably why we hadn’t visited it in a few years – it didn’t seem like enough bang for our buck.  The last time we visited, we were still living 60 miles away, so a trip to the zoo needed to make itself seem worthwhile.  I’m too conscious of my mortality to spend over 2 hours driving to have fun for only an hour and a half.  I have aches and pains.  My eyesight is poor.  I’m not a young man anymore is what I’m trying to say. So when I spend two hours in the car I want it to see two hours worth of animals and the big hissing cockroaches don’t count. Continue reading A review for you about Boo at the Zoo


Baby Bongo Born at the Franklin Park Zoo!

A baby Eastern Mountain Bongo named Mdogo (click the link for pictures and the story from Buzzfeed) was born at the Franklin Park Zoo on August 21, 2013!  These Bongos are a critically endangered species of antelope in central Kenya.

A Western Lowland Bongo Photo by Greg Hume
A Western Lowland Bongo
Photo by Greg Hume

Of course, as beautiful as they are, they’re not as popular as the lions and tigers, but Mdogo’s birth is important because bongos are part of the Species Survival Plan set up by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  It is thought that only about 100 Eastern Mountain Bongos survive in the wild.  As cool as it is to see rabbits hopping around at the park or coyotes wandering through town, it’s even more incredible to be able to take the family to the zoo to see animals that may soon be extinct in the wild – especially if it helps kids to understand how important it is to take an interest in conservation that could ultimately prevent that extinction from ever happening!

And just since they’re so darn cute, here’s a link to a video of a baby bongo frolicking at the Melbourne Zoo.