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April 20, 2022

40 Vintage Photos Capture Animals at Franklin Park Zoo in the Early 20th Century

The Franklin Park Zoo is a 72 acres (290,000 m2) zoo located in Boston, Massachusetts. It is currently operated by Zoo New England, which also operates the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. The zoo is located in the northeast portion of Franklin Park, Boston’s largest park and the last component of the city’s famed Emerald Necklace.

The zoo was opened to the public in 1912, and managed by the City of Boston until 1958, when the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) took control. Under the MDC’s management, the zoo opened several new exhibits, including Bird's World (c. 1975), the Children’s Zoo (1984), and the African Tropical Forest (1989).

In 1991, the zoo’s management was handed over to the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation (CZS), which also gained management of the Stone Zoo. (In July 1997, the CZS was renamed Zoo New England to “reflect the changing image of both zoos”.) The zoo has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1990.

These vintage photos from Boston Public Library were taken by American photographer Leslie Ronald Jones (1886-1967) that show animals at Franklin Park Zoo from between the 1910s and 1930s.

Animals - By gosh, shoot to kill, Franklin Park

Adjutant stork, Franklin Park Zoo

Black bears, Franklin Park Zoo

Brown bears Lizzie, Minka, and Lillie, Franklin Park Zoo

Buffalo - Mothers and young, Franklin Park Zoo

Camels - Mother and young, Franklin Park Zoo

Deer and pigeons eat together, Franklin Park Zoo

Ducks at Franklin Park Zoo

Elephants bathing at Franklin Park Zoo

Elephants bathing at Franklin Park Zoo

Elk, Franklin Park Zoo

Elk, Franklin Park Zoo

Eskimo dogs at Franklin Park Zoo

Eskimo dogs at Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo: "Cooling off" red deer in trough

Franklin Park Zoo: Baby deer has lunch

Franklin Park Zoo: Brown bear scratching back on rock

Franklin Park Zoo: Brown bears and cubs

Franklin Park Zoo: Mother and baby bear Miner and Rose

Franklin Park Zoo: Polar bear Fatima stands on two feet

Franklin Park Zoo: Yak standing in water trough to cool off

Happy the hippo laughing in Franklin Park Zoo

Kangaroo mother and young, Franklin Park Zoo

Large cats, Franklin Park Zoo

Lion at Franklin Park Zoo

Lions, Franklin Park Zoo

Mame the lioness poses for her picture

Man reaches into hippo's mouth, Franklin Park Zoo

Manicuring Waddy's toenails at Franklin Park Zoo

Peacock in full bloom, Franklin Park Zoo

Polar bears at Franklin Park Zoo

Polar bears at Franklin Park Zoo

Raccoons in winter, Franklin Park Zoo

Red deer, Franklin Park Zoo

Russian brown bears are of great interest at Franklin Park Zoo

Tom the lion at Franklin Park Zoo. He just woke up

Tony the elephant getting swept off by Dan Harkins in the elephant house

Zebra at Franklin Park Zoo

Zebras and sacred cows get friendly at Franklin Park Zoo

Zebras at Franklin Park Zoo

(Photo © Leslie Ronald Jones)




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