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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!

Wildlife Education Series

Join us on Zoom for an incredible talk about a magnificent species and get inspired by the people who are working to save wildlife!

Party for the Planet

Every day is Earth Day for the BPZOO and our supporters! As we all do our part to protect and preserve habitats and ecosystems by our actions, collectively we are making an impact. This year as we continue to celebrate virtually, we are asking you to share pictures of how you help the environment in your daily lives.

Easter EGG-stravaganza

Hop on over to BPZOO! April 9 (sold out), April 10 (sold out), April 16 (sold out), 2022 Hop on over to BPZOO and join in the fun at our Easter EGG-stravaganza April 9th, 10th & 16th! This family friendly, outdoor, walk through event will include an Easter Egg...

Red, White and Brew at the Zoo

Stay tuned for details!

BPZOO mourns the loss of 22-year-old bison

It is with heavy hearts that BPZOO says goodbye to 22-year-old bison, Sarah.

Zoolala Auction

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! Your contributions provide critical support for New Bedford’s beloved local zoo. By participating, you protect endangered wildlife, connect our community to nature, and safeguard the sustainability of this treasured organization for generations to come. Enter Here! THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS...

Wildlife Education Series

Wildlife Education Series Join us on Zoom for an enlightening discussion about beluga whale research and exciting advances in animal science! Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 6:00pm – Learning from Whale Snot! Learning from Whale Snot! In this virtual talk, Dr. Justin Richard, Assistant Professor at University of Rhode Island, will talk about beluga whale research! Specifically, Dr. Richard will share the critical research that occurs at aquariums to develop minimally-invasive tools to study beluga whales, and how we can explore beluga whale biology in new ways by combining behavioral research with physiological research. Learn how exhaled breath samples can be used to study beluga whale genetic relationships, maturity status, and even help detect pregnancy! Dr. Richard’s interest in marine mammals developed at Mystic Aquarium, where he was a beluga whale trainer for nearly 10 years before entering a PhD program in Integrative and Evolutionary Biology at URI.  Now a member of the faculty in the department of Animal and Veterinary Science, he teaches courses relating to animal behavior, marine mammals, and zoo and aquarium animal care and management.  His research takes an integrative approach to studying behavior in zoos and aquariums to fill knowledge gaps about animals and behaviors that are logistically difficult to study in the wild to advance conservation efforts.  His research program emphasizes undergraduate participation, providing opportunities for interested students to engage in authentic learning experiences in animal science. This programming is FREE. When registering, please consider making a donation to ensure we can stay connected. Sign me up!

Party for the Planet

Let’s Do Our Part Party for the Planet is the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America! More than 100 AZA accredited zoos and aquariums across the country celebrate with activities, giveaways, and special events. Join us at the Buttonwood Park Zoo on Saturday, April 23rd from 11 am to 2 pm when we will offer our visitors the opportunity to explore, learn, and play as 20+ local organizations and businesses come together to celebrate green, sustainable living and and teach us how to make choices that will ensure the health of our planet for generations to come. Don’t forget to bring in any unwanted electronics (see details below). To add to the fun, the Zoo will have live music, a raffle, fun games, face painting, an ambulance onsite, Earth Day-inspired enrichment demonstrations with our animals, and so much more! It’s a party for the planet, come celebrate with us! Connect with Nature Connecting with nature is healthy for us mentally and physically. Spring into Action by tracking the monarch butterfly migration north from their overwintering grounds in Mexico to coastal California through the United States and Canada. To capture how monarchs recolonize the breeding areas, report first sightings of adults, the first emergence of milkweeds, and first eggs and larvae to Journey North. Already seen your “first” spring observations? No problem! Please report all observations after these “firsts” to Journey Northas well. Tag AZA during registration by adding AZA Party for the Planet in the comment section of your report! Create Pollinator Spaces in your backyard! AZA is partnering with The National Wildlife Federation to expand native habitats across AZA-accredited facilities and their members. NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat® program helps to create and restore habitat and wildlife populations. Turning your yard, balcony container garden, work landscape, or roadside greenspace into a Certified Wildlife Habitat® is fun, easy, and can make a lasting difference for wildlife. Spring into Action with AZA and NWF in creating native habitats near you! Electronic Waste Drop-off Members of the community can bring in any unwanted electronic item during Party for the Planet and we will see to it that it is properly recycled by an electronic recycling firm; one free child admission per party/family into Party for the Planet with E-Waste drop-off!  All electronic items can be taken at no charge, with the exception of tube TVs. Those require a $10 disposal fee. Other items collected at no charge are cell phones, stereo equipment, desktop or laptop computers, printers, scanners, tablets, household appliances (toasters, blenders, etc), as well as microwaves and other consumer electronics. Join a Clean-up! Here are some local clean-up meetups in collaboration with Be the Solution to Pollution: 🌎 April 3rd from 9-12 at Fairhaven Bike Path (meeting behind the community center)🌎 April 9th at 10 am at West Beach, New Bedford (in association with Nativity Prep)🌎 April 25th at 9 am at Fort Phoenix,...

Easter EGG-stravaganza

Hop on over to BPZOO! April 9 (sold out), April 10 (sold out), April 16 (sold out), 2022 Hop on over to BPZOO and join in the fun at our Easter EGG-stravaganza April 9th, 10th & 16th! This family friendly, outdoor, 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, unlimited carousel rides, up-close meet and greets with our own Animal Ambassadors plus a visit from the Easter Bunny, you’re sure to have an EGG-cellent time! Please be aware that the train will not be running during the Easter event.  Make sure you remember to bring those Easter baskets to carry all your Easter treats! Advanced purchasing of tickets is advised. Event will be held outdoors, rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Click here for fun, reusable ways to repurpose Easter eggs! BPZOO Membership has its perks! Members receive discounted tickets. Please log in to receive your discount and to purchase tickets. SOLD OUT Member prices: Adults $11Children: $7 Non-Member prices: Adults $16Children: $12 Children under 2 are free THANK YOU TO OUR GOLDEN EGG PRESENTING SPONSOR: THANK YOU TO OUR BUNNY HOP SPONSOR: THANK YOU TO OUR EASTER BASKET SPONSORS: THANK YOU TO OUR EGG-CEPTIONAL...

Red, White and Brew at the Zoo

Red, White and Brew Returns! Come join the fun at Buttonwood Park Zoo on Friday, May 20th for our annual Red, White & Brew beer tasting event! You will enjoy UNLIMITED samples from these awesome breweries! Narragansett Brewing Two Roads Brewing Shipyard Brewing/Sea Dog Brewing Bull Spit Brewing Greater Good Imperials Devil’s Purse Brewing Dogfish Head Brewing Castle Island Brewing Moat Mountain Brewing Long Trail Brewing/ Otter Creek Brewing Carlson’s Orchards Topo Chico & Arnold Palmer Hard Teas Vizzy Seltzer & Blue Moon Brewing Lone River Ranch Water & Guinness Nitro Coffee Stout     Aeronaut Brewing Company Exhibit A Brewing Gardner Ale House (Moon Hill Brewing) Moby Dick Brewing Sam Adams Buttonwood Brewery Sons of Liberty Brewing Whalers Brewing Company Medusa Brewing Company Sour Not Sorry Buzzards Bay Brewery Mayflower Brewing Company The Sangria Lady Newport Craft Brewing Ticket purchase provides you with zoo admission, your own souvenir sampling glass, unlimited beer/wine samples, animal encounters, and great live entertainment by The Khourys and Craig DeMello!This is a 21+ event, so have your ID ready at the gate! Doors open at 6:00pm.Food will be available for purchase during the event.A portion of the proceeds will benefit the continued growth of the Buttonwood Park Zoo’s educational programs, ensuring that Southcoast families will always have a way to experience nature close to home. So, if you LOVE craft brews and the great outdoors, grab your friends and enjoy a wild night at the Zoo! Want your brewery, winery, or food truck to join in on the fun? Contact Kris at kcaisse@bpzoo.org to learn more on how to register your business! BUY NOW Designated Driver tickets are available! (please note, this ticket does NOT include beer & wine tasting) We can hardly wait! Day(s) : Hour(s) : Minute(s) :...

BPZOO mourns the loss of 22-year-old bison

The Buttonwood Park Zoo is mourning the loss of Sarah, a 22-year-old American bison who came here in 2000, just in time to be present for the Zoo’s grand reopening. She called BPZOO home for the last 21 years. Being one of the Zoo’s most geriatric residents, Sarah’s caretakers paid special attention to her age-related needs. In September 2021, they noted that Sarah seemed to have some trouble navigating her habitat. BPZOO veterinary staff evaluated Sarah, and after consulting with a veterinary ophthalmologist, determined that her protruding eyes were likely an early indication of glaucoma. While Sarah’s prognosis was eventual blindness, animal care staff felt confident that her quality of life was still high and that they could continue to ensure she was comfortable and well cared for. Sarah was closely monitored until November 2021, where she began to exhibit concerning neurological symptoms that were consistent with those of a midbrain tumor. BPZOO veterinary and animal care staff consulted with a veterinarian who specializes in large animals. Based on that recommendation and an internal quality-of-life assessment, the difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize her.   The life expectancy of American bison is 15 to 20 years. BPZOO feels fortunate to have had such long-lived bison. Geriatric animal care is an area that BPZOO dedicates many resources to and has had much success in. Sarah had shared this beautiful habitat with longtime companion Grace and before that a male named George. Sarah, Grace and George all came to the Zoo together in 2000. George sired six calves here at BPZOO. Sarah had three female calves named Nutmeg, Sage, and Cinnamon. Once mature, these calves moved onto other AZA facilities as part of an organized breeding program. Since Grace’s passing in 2018, Sarah had been cohabitating with a variety of waterfowl, a pair of sandhill cranes, and Autumn and Olive, two white-tailed deer fawns that were orphaned earlier this summer. Our staff, and our visitors, will certainly miss the presence of these iconic, majestic animals. Whether they were seen slowly, methodically grazing or so perfectly laying in the open pasture tails swinging. Their silly and wild romps through the deep snow will forever stick in our memories as will the tossing, smashing, and interacting with enrichment items- especially Christmas trees. Those who were lucky enough to care for these animals will fondly remember the quiet and thoughtful training sessions and the attentiveness when the barn shift door opened. The loss of Sarah is difficult, but our team takes comfort in knowing she, and so many of our resident animals, are living long, full lives. The Zoo is currently pursuing adding new bison to this habitat and we hope to be able to share updates over the next few...