Thanksgiving Poses No Threat to Franklin (the Safest Turkey in Town) at WCS's Prospect Park Zoo

Franklin the turkey Photo
Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

New York, Nov. 16, 2010 – Franklin, a magnificent wild turkey, puffs up and fans his tail for his female companions at the WCS Prospect Park Zoo. Zoo visitors can watch Franklin strutting at the zoo's barn.

An iconic Amerian bird, Benjamin Franklin once nominated the wild turkey to be America's national bird.

In the field, WCS’s Guatemala Program helped develop the community-based oscillated turkey conservation program in the Multiple Use area of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo - Open every day of the year.  Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $5 for children 3 to 12, and free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. Tickets are sold until one half-hour before closing. The zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue.  For more information call 718-399-7339 or go to

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth. 

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