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.
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.
A baby red panda!?
On June 4th, the BPZOO welcomed the first red panda cub to be born here in its 126 year history!
Congratulations to first time parents - Marie and Jacob