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Elephant Appreciation Day

Join us for Elephant Appreciation Day on Saturday and Sunday (9/19 & 9/20) as we celebrate Ruth and Emily’s 62nd and 56th birthdays! Stop by the Asian elephant habitat at 10:00am or 3:00pm during the Elephant Keeper Chat to wish Ruth and Emily a BIG Happy...

Creature Creations

We’re back and ready to create more works of animal-inspired art! Join us for Creature Creations on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 12:00pm or 2:00pm for an outdoor, socially-distanced painting class led by instructor Kathleen Patrick and joined by one of our very own...

Animal Art Night

Looking to explore your artistic side? Create your masterpiece of Cisco the Great Horned Owl on Sunday, September 20th from 5:00-7:30 pm!  Want to see the Zoo after hours and meet one of your favorite animals up-close? Or are you just looking for a fun night out with...

Zoolala Auction

Take a bid on the wild side and support the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society as you explore one-of-a-kind experiences, artful creations, unique gifts, and much more - all from the comfort of your home! September 20 – September 30 Your contribution provides critical...

Boo at the Zoo and Baby Boo Return!

SLIGHTLY SPOOKY FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Now in its 19th year - Boo at the Zoo returns, with extra precautions, during the daytime to satisfy all your fall, Halloween and cool weather cravings. Want to show off your little ghosts and goblins? Baby Boo is for you! Baby...

New Species, New Habitat

The Buttonwood Park Zoo has opened another brand new outdoor exhibit on its seven acre campus – this time, a home for the world’s smallest species of deer. The new outdoor habitat, filled with lush green grass and a cool watering hole, was created for two Chilean...

Elephant Appreciation Day

Join us for Elephant Appreciation Day on Saturday and Sunday (9/19 & 9/20) as we celebrate Ruth and Emily’s 62nd and 56th birthdays! Stop by the Asian elephant habitat at 10:00am or 3:00pm during the Elephant Keeper Chat to wish Ruth and Emily a BIG Happy Birthday. Our dedicated elephant keepers will be available to answer questions while offering these pretty pachyderms some special birthday surprises. Did you know – Ruth is the 3rd oldest Asian elephant and Emily is the 9th oldest Asian elephant in an AZA accredited facility? Their vitality and health in their advanced age is a testament to the high level of care we provide for these magnificent animals. It is an honor and a privilege to provide a home for these beautiful elephants and we welcome the community to join us in celebrating them! If you would like to bring Emily and Ruth a birthday gift, donations of unopened packages of unsalted shelled peanuts, yogurt covered raisins, and dried fruit will be accepted on their behalf. You can make a donation in their honor that goes directly towards Asian elephant conservation. Or you can symbolically adopt an elephant through our new Adopt an Animal program. If you can’t make it to the Zoo, we will also be celebrating with a Facebook Live video on Saturday at 10:00am – tune in to our Facebook page and watch our special girls enjoy birthday treats and festive enrichment.  

Creature Creations

We’re back and ready to create more works of animal-inspired art! Join us for Creature Creations on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 12:00pm or 2:00pm for an outdoor, socially-distanced painting class led by instructor Kathleen Patrick and joined by one of our very own Animal Ambassadors. Registration is $15 for Members and $26 for Non-members, all materials included. This program will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather Register Now

Animal Art Night

Looking to explore your artistic side? Create your masterpiece of Cisco the Great Horned Owl on Sunday, September 20th from 5:00-7:30 pm!  Want to see the Zoo after hours and meet one of your favorite animals up-close? Or are you just looking for a fun night out with your friends? Well look no further! BPZOO has just the event for you: Animal Art Night! This 2.5 hour, 18+ program is sure to be a wild ride as you are led step-by-step through a painting of one our coolest creatures by one of New Bedford’s finest artists. All materials are included and no experience is necessary. Sign me up! 5:00pm – 7:30pm (rain date Sunday, September 27th) $35 Zoo Members / $42 Non-member

Zoolala Auction

Take a bid on the wild side and support the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society as you explore one-of-a-kind experiences, artful creations, unique gifts, and much more – all from the comfort of your home! September 20 – September 30 Your contribution provides critical support for New Bedford’s beloved local zoo and ensures the survival of the BPZOO through the economic challenges brought on by the global pandemic. By participating, you protect endangered wildlife, connect our community to nature, and safeguard the sustainability of this treasured organization for generations to come.   Enter the Auction Or download the Handbid App from your App Store for easy bidding from your cell phone!     THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS  

Boo at the Zoo and Baby Boo Return!

SLIGHTLY SPOOKY FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Now in its 19th year – Boo at the Zoo returns, with extra precautions, during the daytime to satisfy all your fall, Halloween and cool weather cravings. Want to show off your little ghosts and goblins? Baby Boo is for you! Baby Boo is geared towards children 5 and under, but any age is welcome! Boo at the Zoo runs from 10:00am to 6:00pm on October 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31.   Baby Boo runs from 9:00am to 2:00pm on October 23 and 30. Dress the kids in their favorite costume and come explore all that BPZOO has to offer! We’ll provide families with a socially-distanced walk through experience with some twists and turns along the way. Our slightly spooky theme will include mazes, a scavenger hunt, plenty of trick-or-treat stations, endless photo opportunities including a photo costume contest, Halloween themed animal enrichment, and up-close meet and greets with the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors. Families are encouraged to bring their own “trick or treat” bags. All proceeds from Boo at the Zoo support the Zoo’s education and family programs. NEW this year – Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Each pumpkin must be submitted with a Pumpkin Decorating Entry Form at the Zoo on October 12th or 13th. Click the link for full details.     Our membership has its perks! Renew or join today and SAVE  Please note: Zoo Members who purchase tickets to Boo at the Zoo will be granted complimentary admission* to all other weekend Boo activities (Baby Boo excluded and subject to availability) for the remainder of October, for those that attended and are listed on your membership card. Buy once and enjoy up to five Boo at the Zoo days! To receive your unique, one-time use online code to reserve additional tickets, please email membership@bpzoo.org. *Codes will not be distributed until 10/17 and additional tickets are subject to availability   We are excited to bring Boo at the Zoo back for the 2020 season! In order to do so, we have implemented measures to encourage social distancing among guests and staff and to protect our animals. By purchasing your event ticket, you agree to: abide by social distancing rules wear a face mask throughout your visit according to MA state guidelines follow the one-way pathways BOO AT THE ZOO TICKETS BABY BOO TICKETS Boo at the Zoo Prices Zoo Member: $11 Adult, $7 Child Non-member: $16 Adult, $12 Child Under 2 is free Baby Boo Prices Zoo Member: $10 Adult, $5 Child Non-member: $15 Adult, $10 Child Under 2 is free Boo at the Zoo is proudly presented by Bristol County Savings Bank and sponsored by Renewal by Anderson and First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union.           

New Species, New Habitat

The Buttonwood Park Zoo has opened another brand new outdoor exhibit on its seven acre campus – this time, a home for the world’s smallest species of deer. The new outdoor habitat, filled with lush green grass and a cool watering hole, was created for two Chilean pudu, Kelly, age 8 and Chewy, age 4. “Although very small in stature, Chilean pudu make up for their diminutive size with a large personality,” said Buttonwood Park Zoo Director, Keith Lovett. “The new expansive pudu habitat allows the Zoo to not only provide an enriching environment for the animals, but it also creates the opportunity for the Zoo to raise conservation awareness for this unique species which is experiencing population declines in the wild.” Chilean pudu (Pudu puda), also referred to as southern pudu, live in the temperate forests of southern Chile and southwestern Argentina. They are listed as a Near Threatened species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Their population is declining as a result of forest loss and degradation, predation by domestic dogs, vehicular accidents, poaching as well as potential impacts from other species (such as wild boar, invasive deer, and cattle). An adult pudu’s body length is less than three feet long, with its shoulder height ranging from 1 to 1.5 feet tall. The pudu has a short, reddish brown coat and a short tail. Fawns are born with white spots. Males have simple spike antlers about 3 inches in length. The Buttonwood Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP) for Chilean pudu. The goal of the SSP is to cooperatively manage animal populations within AZA accredited zoos to ensure the sustainability of a healthy and genetically diverse population while enhancing the conservation of this species in the wild. There are only 42 Chilean pudu at 13 AZA accredited facilities.