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Easter EGG-stravaganza

Hop on over to BPZOO and join in the fun at our Easter EGG-stravaganza! March 27 & 28 and April 3, 2021 This family friendly, socially distanced, walk through event will include an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt, Easter candy stations, our Spring Forward Obstacle...

Free Day at BPZOO

Welcome to "Winter Camp 2021" A day of free admission to BPZOO in partnership with Highland Street Foundation and the New England Patriots Foundation! When: Thursday, February 18th 9:00am - 4:00pm (doors close at 3:15pm) Buttonwood Park Zoo is a great place to visit...

Share the Love Fundraiser

Buttonwood Park Zoological Society is asking the SouthCoast to “Share the Love” this winter, with a fundraiser launching Thursday, January 14, 2021. Funds raised between then and Sunday, March 14, 2021 will help ensure that Buttonwood Park Zoo remains a bright spot...

BPZOO Mourning the Loss of Canada Lynx

Recognized as the oldest living Canada lynx, Calgary had called BPZOO home since 2009. At 20 years and seven months, Calgary was recognized as the oldest Canada lynx living at an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility – and the second longest...

Art Gone Wild Online Auction

Are you looking for a unique Christmas gift or something special for yourself? Take a look at the impressive artwork created by our very own animals! Add a splash of wild to your home or office with one of these beautiful animal created works of art. Many animals at...

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...

Easter EGG-stravaganza

Hop on over to BPZOO and join in the fun at our Easter EGG-stravaganza! March 27 & 28 and April 3, 2021 This family friendly, socially distanced, walk through event will include an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt, Easter candy stations, our Spring Forward Obstacle Course, and The Bunny Hop Trail. With endless photo opportunities and up-close meet and greets with our own Animal Ambassadors, you’re sure to have an EGG-cellent time! Make sure to bring those Easter baskets.Tickets must be purchased in advance. BPZOO Membership has its perks! Members receive discounted tickets. Please log in to receive your discount and to purchase tickets. Space is limited. Get Your Tickets NowTickets are non-refundable Member prices: Adults $11Children: $7 Non-Member prices: Adults $16Children: $12 Children under 2 are free   Bunny Hop Sponsors

Free Day at BPZOO

Welcome to “Winter Camp 2021” A day of free admission to BPZOO in partnership with Highland Street Foundation and the New England Patriots Foundation! When: Thursday, February 18th 9:00am – 4:00pm (doors close at 3:15pm) Buttonwood Park Zoo is a great place to visit year-round! We are able to offer our guests an outdoor environment where people can relax, learn and have fun in the presence of amazing wildlife. Tickets to the Zoo must be reserved online in advance of your arrival, as you will need to choose a specific entry time for your visit. This helps us limit person-to-person transactions and help us manage guest capacity throughout the day. Per state guidelines, guest contact information will be required during the online ticketing process to allow for contact tracing. Keeper Chat Schedule: 10:00 Asian Elephant* 10:30 Cat Chat 11:00 Animal Ambassador Encounter 12:00 Buttonwood Farm 1:00 Chilean Pudu 2:00 Animal Ambassador Encounter 3:00 Asian Elephant* 3:30 Harbor Seal *weather dependent Reserve Your Tickets!          

Share the Love Fundraiser

Buttonwood Park Zoological Society is asking the SouthCoast to “Share the Love” this winter, with a fundraiser launching Thursday, January 14, 2021. Funds raised between then and Sunday, March 14, 2021 will help ensure that Buttonwood Park Zoo remains a bright spot for families across the SouthCoast while continuing to provide world-class education, conservation and animal care programming. “We are asking individuals and organizations to put their hearts out there in support of BPZOO, and show they ’share the love‘ for animals, nature and our community,” said “Share the Love” Campaign Chair and BPZS Board Member, Patrice Coholan.  “It has been a tough year for so many and, in addition to raising meaningful funding for the Zoo, we want to spread a message of love, hope and ‘pawsitivity’ across the SouthCoast.” For a minimum donation of $10, BPZOO supporters can help spread “pawsitivity” and love by placing a paw print adorned heart-shaped lawn sign at their home or business. Donations can be made by texting LOVEBPZOO to 41444, or click here. Signs are available for pick up at the Zoo 9:00 am – 3:15 pm, seven days a week. “Throughout the course of this pandemic, guests to BPZOO have consistently expressed their appreciation for having a safe and tranquil place where their families can connect with nature,” said Buttonwood Park Zoo Director Keith Lovett. “Spending time with animals has been proven to reduce stress in people and the Zoo has been able to offer an outdoor environment where people can relax in the presence of amazing wildlife.” Buttonwood Park Zoo is located at 425 Hawthorn Street in New Bedford and is open from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm daily throughout the winter.

BPZOO Mourning the Loss of Canada Lynx

Recognized as the oldest living Canada lynx, Calgary had called BPZOO home since 2009. At 20 years and seven months, Calgary was recognized as the oldest Canada lynx living at an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility – and the second longest lived lynx in the historical population. Cal, as he was affectionately called, was beloved by his zookeepers. They remember him as a laid back cat; very agreeable with training and husbandry exercises, but aloof when he wanted to be – only becoming interested in something just as his keeper was ready to move on.  Calgary was regularly seen in his habitat lazily snuggling in one of his elevated den boxes with his seven year-old mate Sylvie. Zookeepers knew his love of wild prey items, often acquired from local game officials, would always result in him demonstrating his wild cat behaviors.  Additionally, Cal was fond of keepers spreading scent enrichment throughout his habitat and he seemed to most enjoy spices including curry and paprika.  His caretakers already miss hearing his loud call during the winter months, observing his interaction with enrichment and seeing the pair curled up together in the morning. Calgary’s advanced age meant that he required extremely specialized care that included differentiated diets, additional health screenings and routine medications. “Our dedicated animal care, veterinary, and curatorial staff diligently work to meet the husbandry, behavioral, welfare, and veterinary needs at all stages of an animal’s life – from our youngest to our most geriatric animals,” said Keith Lovett, Director of the Buttonwood Park Zoo in a letter to the community earlier this year. “Geriatric animal care is an area that BPZOO dedicates many resources to and has had much success in.  The almost record-breaking longevity of Cal is a testament to the high quality and expertise of care provided here at the Zoo.  Zoo staff will dearly miss Cal, but they take solace in knowing how impactful his presence at the Zoo was in inspiring guests to appreciate his species and to protect natural environments of North America.” Dr. Erica Lipanovich, BPZOO’s staff veterinarian, examined Calgary on Saturday, December 26, 2020 after his caretakers noticed a lack of stability in his back legs and reported that he was not interested in offered food. “During his examination it was determined that Calgary was suffering from end stage kidney disease as well as there being evidence of potential cancer. Due to his poor prognosis and advanced age, the decision was then made to humanely euthanize him.” Calgary will be deeply missed. About Canada lynx Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) are listed as Threatened under the United States Endangered Species Act due to lower population size and inadequate protection of habitat on Federal lands. Within the northern boreal forest regions of North America, they are listed as Least Concern according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature as they are more widespread and abundant. Their range coincides with that of their main prey, the snowshoe hare. BPZOO will continue to work with AZA’s Canada Lynx Species Survival Plan program 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.

Art Gone Wild Online Auction

Are you looking for a unique Christmas gift or something special for yourself? Take a look at the impressive artwork created by our very own animals! Add a splash of wild to your home or office with one of these beautiful animal created works of art. Many animals at the Zoo are trained to paint in the traditional sense using brushes, while others choose to paint with their paws, claws, tails and scales. Each work of art has been made especially for the online auction by the Zoo’s resident animal artists, with some help from their keepers of course! This year’s Art Gone Wild online auction, proudly presented by Chase Farm Veterinary Hospital is now in its 7th year and features over 50 unique art creations by your favorite zoo artists. All artwork is wrapped in plastic and includes a card, photo of the artist, a certificate of authenticity and some fun facts about the animal. BID NOW Proceeds from Art Gone Wild directly support the Zoo’s education and conservation programs. The auction closes on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 at 9:00pm. Let the friendly bidding begin!

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.