December 16, 2017
 
Grassroots Wildlife Conservation Merges with Zoo New England

November 16, 2017 — Zoo New England, a nonprofit that manages Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, this week announced that Grassroots Wildlife Conservation, a Concord nonprofit that works to protect wild animals and plant species, has merged with it.

A spokesperson said the merger, which became official Nov. 1 following more than a year of discussion, supports the strategic goal of Zoo New England (ZNE) to expand its conservation impact and addresses operational constraints on Grassroots Wildlife Conservation (GWC).

ZNE President and CEO John Linehan said, “By combining our skills and resources, together through this merger we are going to be able to fulfill our mission of saving animals from extinction in a much deeper and more impactful way."

Bryan Windmiller, founder and executive director of GWC, will now serve as director of ZNE’s new conservation department.

While GWC had focused its conservation efforts on eastern Massachusetts, ZNE is working to save species locally, nationally, and internationally.

“Conserving species and having as rich, as beautiful, as diverse and as healthy an ecosystem as we can right here where we live in eastern Massachusetts is a big job. We are really excited to become part of a larger, much more established organization, which will enable us to greatly expand our work and reach,” said Windmiller.

The board of GWC has been dissolved, and GWC board members have been invited to apply for positions on the ZNE board.

GWC's four employees, who currently work with 3,700 students in 38 schools, have joined ZNE's conservation department. ZNE, which has worked with GWC for a number of years, now has 142 employees.

GWC's website has been shut down and integrated into the ZNE website.

GWC was established in 2012. For the year ending Oct. 31, 2016, it reported $151,000 in revenue, of which $78,000 came from contributions and grants, and $131,000 in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

Franklin Park Zoo, comprising 72 acres in Boston’s Franklin Park, was founded in 1912, and Stone Zoo, located on 26 acres, was founded in 1905. Each year, 600,000 people visit the two zoos. For the year ending June 30, 2016, ZNE reported $17.2 million in revenue, of which $12.1 million came from contributions and grants, and $13. 7 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

ZNE and GWC have jointly conducted seasonal surveys of wildlife within Franklin Park beyond the Zoo’s gates, identifying more than 300 species to date.

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