A year of 100-year anniversaries
The Franklin Park Zoo opened with 10,000 people in attendance -- many of them school children given the day off by "Honey Fitz" for the occasion. They gathered to watch zookeepers let in 14 bears. There are no bears among the 1,500 animals currently at the zoo, but John Linehan, chief executive of Zoo New England, which operates Franklin Park Zoo, said they will return once the zoo can build updated bear dens.
The zoo is holding several promotions to accompany its 100-year anniversary, including an animatronic dinosaur exhibit and prizes for the 100th visitor of the day.
Left: The bear dens at the zoo in 1912.