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From Globe archives: Franklin Park Zoo

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The Franklin Park Zoo opened on Oct. 3, 1912, to the delight of thousands. Boston’s zoo was home to a variety of animals throughout the years and went through many changes.
In 1989 the Tropical Forest was a huge addition to the zoo and extensive renovations
to the gorilla exhibit made it a popular attraction.

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In this photo from April 2, 1929, zoo curator Daniel Harkins said good morning to Yvette the sun bear with an apple and a high five. At that time, the pens were state-of-the-art.


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