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 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”.
  • In the Summer of 2016, a new master plan was unveiled to completely redevelop the Zoo over the next 12 – 15 years. The redeveloped Zoo will introduce guests to more than 50 endangered and threatened species in habitats mirroring their natural environments.
  • Over 175,000 visitors explored and experienced Buttonwood Park Zoo in 2016.
  • The Buttonwood Park Zoo has donated over $50,000 to benefit local and global conservation initiatives through our Conservation Donation Program. The 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, Feast in the Wild, Party for the Planet, ZooCrew, and a variety of other educational, family and adult focused events.
  • Come visit the Buttonwood Zoo and experience the many wonders!