Now in existence for nearly 32 years, the Friends of Capron Park Zoo has had the mission to carry on charitable work for the development and improvement of Capron Park Zoo.   With the help of the community through fundraising, we further the mission of Capron Park Zoo in the areas of education, conservation and recreation. In order to provide this support to the Zoo, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals just like you, we wouldn’t be able to achieve this goal each year.

Our fundraising efforts are for specific capital projects implemented by Capron Park Zoo to improve and enhance the overall visitor experience. The Zoo itself is municipally owned and operated by the City of Attleboro and is responsible for commissioning and overseeing the projects we help support.

Over the years, your donations have permitted us to:

Donated close to $300,000 to assist with projects like the new Picnic Area, the Lemur Island and Boardwalk exhibit area, the Splashpad Playspace, acquisition of the White Lion, a walk-in refrigerator for food storage and a wide variety of other smaller projects.

Start a Veterinary Fund

Support the Wildlife SOS Fund

Sponsor educational trips for Zoo personnel

Our goal in the area of conservation is to generate awareness of world and wildlife ecology, promoting various causes amongst families that visit Capron Park Zoo. Each year we select and support a worthwhile global conservation effort. In 2009, we sent $1,200 to the Madagascar Fauna Group to support lemur protection programs in Madagascar. In 2010, we chose to support the Lion Tamarin Conservation Fund of Brazil. In 2013, we supported ALTA in 2015. This year we supported Save the Alligators initiative.

Capron Park Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and participates in the Species Survival Plan.  Throughout the year the zoo offers activities and educational programs dedicated to furthering the understanding of animals from all over the world.  The Friends are frequent participants in the Zoo’s public outreach events such as Zoo Boo and Zoo Moon. With its family-focus and longstanding outreach to Attleboro and the surrounding communities, the Zoo is truly a cause worth supporting.

Friends of Capron Park Zoo, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to carry on charitable work in the community for the development and improvement of 
Capron Park Zoo.


Here are a few examples of what we do with the funds that are raised through donations and events.
2008 – Donated $94,000 towards the Boardwalk and Pond renovation.
2008 – Donated $15,000 to bring Ramses the rare White African Lion along with his ladies Nayala and Kayla to the zoo.
2009 – Donated $39,500 to fund the Splash Pad.
2010 – Donated $45,000 to build the new picnic area