The Stone Zoo
One of the most popular local attractions in Stoneham is the Stone Zoo. It is part of Zoo New England, along with the Franklin Zoo in Boston, and is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
The Stone Zoo covers 26 acres of land, and was founded in 1905 as the Middlesex Fells Zoo. It was later renamed in honor of its director, Walter, D. Stone, following his death. During the 1950s and 60s, under his leadership, the zoo featured elephants, giraffes, hippopotamus, sea lions, and a free-flight aviary.
The zoo remained popular through the 1980s, with endangered species breeding programs and exhibits. This included displays of orangutans, and a polar bear named Major. However, budget cuts forced the zoo to close in 1990, though it was rescued by a private non-profit corporation in 1992 after a public outcry. However, with the exception of Major, the large animals were relocated to other zoos. After declining attendance, the zoo underwent major renovations and enjoys popularity once more.
Stoneham, Massachusetts is a residential suburb of Boston with an ideal location. Residents are able to access both Boston and the North Shore, as well as enjoy the recreational opportunities in the Fells and the local zoo. With much to offer, Stoneham is called the Friendly Town, and is noted for low crime, excellent school and sports programs, and being a great location for residents and businesses alike.