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Who is the Buttonwood Park Zoo?

Buttonwood Park Zoo, owned and operated by the City of New Bedford and supported in its endeavors by the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society, features a variety of animals native to Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America.

Buttonwood Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has been called “one of the finest small zoos in the United States” by that organization.

Accreditation means that the BPZOO meets the high standards of the AZA for exhibit quality, animal care, educational programs and conservation projects. There are only 240 AZA accredited zoos and aquariums in the United States, out of the more than 2,400 animal exhibiters licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture. The AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and is dedicated to providing excellent care for animals and educating the public about wildlife, habits and conservation.

The Zoo is proudly led by Director Keith Lovett and supported in its endeavors by a private non-profit organization called the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society.

Zoo Mission

The Buttonwood Park Zoo is dedicated to preserving the future of wildlife by creating engaging and educational experiences that connect the community to the natural world.

Please visit our Zoo History and Facts Page for more information about the Buttonwood Park Zoo.

To find out upcoming events and programs at the Zoo, please visit our Calendar Page.

Discover the benefits of becoming a zoo member on our Become a Zoo Member Page.

Join Our Herd 

BPZOO Members get exclusive access to events, discounts on programs and discounts onsite - plus lots of other great benefits.

Membership pays for itself in just over 2 visits!