Zoo History and Facts


  • The Buttonwood Park Zoo was established in 1894 and is the 12th oldest zoo in the United States.
  • The Zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
  • In August 2000, the Zoo reopened the $10.5 million “Berkshires to the Sea” renovation. The theme re-creates a 200 mile journey of wildlife and habitats from the Berkshire Mountains to Buzzards Bay.
  • In the AZA’s 2003 accreditation report, the team of zoo professionals who visited the Zoo called Buttonwood Park Zoo “one of the finest small zoos in the United States”.
  • The Zoo received approximately 146,000 visitors in 2013.
  • The Buttonwood Park Zoo is involved in a number of conservation and research projects of regional, national and international scope involving endangered and threatened species.
  • The Zoo is open year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
  • The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society (BPZS) is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that supports the Zoo by providing funding for educational programming and organizing family events for the community. BPZS funds special programs and events for everyone to enjoy including: Boo at the Zoo, Holiday Zoobilee, ZooCrew, Earth Week-April Vacation Week, and a variety of other events.
  • Come visit the Buttonwood Zoo and experience the many wonders!