Holiday Cheer is Near
The holiday season is here! While Santa is busy in the North Pole, the Buttonwood Park Zoo is busy putting together a fun filled holiday event just for you. Please check back soon for more details
Pepper and Jack Welcome Twins
If there is one thing that can spark joy in 2020, it’s a baby – or in the case of Pepper and Jack, an adult pair of bearded emperor tamarin who call Buttonwood Park Zoo home – two babies! Four year-old Pepper, BPZOO’s female bearded emperor tamarin, gave birth to her second set of twins on October 13, 2020. These babies came one year, almost to the day, of their older siblings Brie and Gouda, who were born at BPZOO on October 20, 2019. While Zookeepers were able to track Pepper’s first pregnancy through weight checks, they knew much more about her second pregnancy, thanks to the ability to perform an ultrasound. This important veterinary monitoring takes time, trust and skill to develop and the process began the moment Pepper arrived from the Twycross Zoo in the United Kingdom in 2018. Positive reinforcement training for husbandry and veterinary management allows BPZOO staff to provide the highest quality of animal care and it ranges from something as simple as an animal approaching a keeper to take food to scale training, crate training, injection training and beyond. With respect and trust between the animal, and their keeper, the capabilities are endless in what can be achieved – including performing ultrasounds on a bearded emperor tamarin throughout her second pregnancy! “With the opening of the Zoo’s Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs exhibit in 2017, the Zoo has been very successful in creating stimulating, natural environments for its many species of small South American primates and this has resulted in several important births“, said Keith Lovett, BPZOO Director and Chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) New World Primate Taxonomic Advisory Group (NWPTAG). “All of the primates at the Zoo are managed as part of AZA Species Survival Plans including the bearded emperor tamarins and these births will help improve the genetic diversity of this population of primates that continues to decline in the wild.” Native to Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru, these small, tree dwelling monkeys reside in lowland tropical rainforest, typically between 80 – 95 feet elevation and their diet consists of tree sap, fruits, insects, and eggs. While they are not currently endangered, rapid deforestation, infrastructure construction and popularity within the illegal pet trade may threaten this species in the near future. Currently, there are only 31 bearded emperor tamarins at 10 AZA institutions – including the 6 residing in New Bedford.
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.
We’re back and ready to create more works of animal-inspired art! Join us for Creature Creations on Sunday, October 11, 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
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