Boston’s Stone Zoo has a few exciting events happening this month. In addition to hosting its annual “A Wild Affair” event, a few fun and interesting animals will be on display for only a limited amount of time.
“A Wild Affair” will be returning to the zoo for the 10th year in a row. Starting on June 21st and taking place through the end of the month, the event provides participants with the opportunity to experience tasting from more than two dozen local food and drink venders. Attracting hundreds of people from around the country, the event also features a silent auction, live entertainment and the opportunity to visit with the animals.
Tickets to “A Wild Affair” can be purchased in advance online for $50, or they can be purchased for $60 on the day of the event. Tickets include a voucher for a free drink at the Martini/Zootini Bar, admission to the zoo and samples from participating restaurants. Some of these restaurants include Burtons Grill, Edible Arrangements, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, J.P. Licks, Karls Sausage Kitchen and European Market, The Naked Grape, Seasons 52 and Sweet Lydia’s. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit the restaurants page on the Stone Zoo website. A full list of auction items can also be viewed on the site.
While participating in the “A Wild Affair” event, vistors can also enjoy the new alligator exhibit that opened last month. The exhibit, which will continue to be available until September 28, features three American alligators ranging in size from 5 to 7 feet. The exhibit will also include three smaller animals measuring just 1 foot long each. These animals will be utilized as part of the Education department, providing visitors with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the alligators.
Once listed as an endangered species, the American alligator was declared fully recovered in 1987. In the wild, the American alligator can be found in freshwater marshes, swamps, lakes and rivers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. The alligator exhibit is recurring each year, but is only available on a seasonal basis.
The “Birds of Prey” show also started back up last month, with show times at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm each day. Taking place through September 1st, the show features birds from around the world. Some of these include the black vulture, wedge-tailed eagle, Abdim’s stork, king vulture and bald eagle. The show includes demonstrations of the birds’ natural behaviors as well as overhead flights.
Other animals found at Stone Zoo include bald eagles, lynx, arctic foxes, black bears, flamingos, cougars, coyotes, gibbons and wolves. For a full list of animals found at the zoo, visit the zoo’s animals webpage.