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Private Rentals

We can not currently host meetings or events, but we look forward to working with you in the future!

The Buttonwood Park Zoo is located just a few miles away from historic downtown New Bedford and nestled on seven beautiful acres.

The Zoo offers the perfect escape from the ordinary. Our facilities are ideal for bridal & baby showers, corporate events, family gatherings, birthday parties & more! Create a lasting experience by adding animal encounters, face painting, and amusement rides to your special event.

On behalf of all the animals and staff members of the BPZOO, we thank you for your support. All revenue from private events and a portion of your catering fees go directly to support the Zoo’s mission, as well as its operation and development of the Zoo’s conservation efforts and education programs.

Services Offered:

  • Full-Service Catering
  • Unique Indoor & Outdoor Spaces
  • Animal Encounters
  • Table & Chairs
  • Amusement Rides & more!

We Are Committed to Sustainability

The Bear’s Den Cafe & Catering is committed to conducting our business in an environmentally responsible manner as we champion and support the mission of the Buttonwood Park Zoo to better the bond between people and our planet.

For more information about hosting an event or a meeting at the Zoo, please contact us at
(508) 991-4556 ext. 111

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