BOSTON (WHDH) — The Franklin Park Zoo invited everyone in the area – animals and humans alike – to celebrate Millie the tapir, Pablo the western lowland gorilla, Ptolemy the pygmy hippopotamus and Scout the monkey from De Brazza, as all four endangered animals turned 2 years old Oct 1st
Guests celebrated with music from a live DJ and signed birthday cards for all award winners. The zoo also held educational events to learn more about the endangered species.
“When we have precious births — particularly with our Baird tapir, our pygmy hippo and our De Brazza monkey — each of them represents an endangered species,” said Alison Sabatello, an events coordinator for the party. “We love to celebrate any animal we can bring into this world to increase the population and mark these milestones.”
Corresponding their website, the Franklin Park Zoo participates in the Four Animal Species Survival Plans, a collaborative program between zoos nationally coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. SSPs help ensure the survival of selected species in zoos and aquariums, most of which are threatened or endangered, and enhance the conservation of these species in the wild.
did you miss it You can still celebrate Millie, Pablo, Ptolemy, and Scout by making a donation to the Franklin Park Zoo on their behalf, or by learning about the painting and drawing options at the zoo event page.
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