As a child my parents took us to zoos to see “wild” animals, and it always made me sad to see these beautiful creatures confined. This undoubtedly led to my affinity for protecting wildlife and their habitats. Zoo New England, made up of Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, and many modern zoos like this, are very different institutions from the old zoos. They are focused on conservation of biodiversity in species and protection of species, protection of species habitats, and care of injured or displaced animals who cannot survive in the wild. Zoo New England is also a learning institution where local residents and visitors from around the world can learn about the importance and complexity of preservation of species. The Darwin Project continues to support conservation projects at the Zoo which need to be funded.