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Free Admission Day

Highland Street Foundation is pleased to partner with the BPZOO to provide a FREE ADMISSION DAY during February school vacation week.

Spring Fling & Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Nature's party comes in spring and it is time to celebrate!Saturday & Sunday: April 1st & 2nd Rain Date April 8th Upon Event Cancelation 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Last entrance at 4:15 pmOn April 1st & 2nd, Buttonwood Park Zoo will host Spring Fling, an...

Tie Dye at the Zoo

Tie-Dye is back! Visit Saturday, February 18th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and join in the fun.

Art Gone Wild

Opening on December 1st, Art Gone Wild showcases many unique and creative animal artwork up for bid – for a good cause!

Baby Sloth

This is the second offspring born to parents Sandy and Bernardo.

Red Panda Conservation

As a global partner in wildlife conservation, BPZOO is committed to protecting threatened and endangered species and their habitat.

Free Admission Day

Free Admission Day in partnership with Highland Street Foundation Highland Street Foundation is pleased to partner with BPZOO to provide a FREE ADMISSION DAY during school vacation week.  Monday, February 20th Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Last admission is at 3:15 pm Check out the other fun activities to do during February Vacation Week!

Spring Fling & Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Nature’s party comes in spring and it is time to celebrate! Saturday & Sunday: April 1st & 2nd Rain Date April 8th Upon Event Cancelation 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Last entrance at 4:15 pm On April 1st & 2nd, Buttonwood Park Zoo will host Spring Fling, an opportunity to welcome the warmer weather and have fun with activities throughout the day. Throughout the day, you will be able to enjoy magic shows, craft stations, face painting, educational activities, special guests, games, and more! Our animals will also join in on the fun, as many will receive special enrichment during Spring Fling. Watch as the animals use natural behaviors to forage for food and discover different items or scents in their habitats. There will be endless photo opportunities, unlimited carousel rides, and up-close meet and greets with our own Animal Ambassadors. Last bud not least, a visit from the Easter Bunny! Member Ticket Price: Under 2: FreeChild (2-17): $7Adult (18+): $11 Non-BPZOO Member Ticket Price: Under 2: FreeChild (2-17): $12Adult (18+): $16 Purchase Tickets Purchasing tickets in advance is advised. Members: Login into your account to purchase tickets. You will see discount at check out. Zoo is closed to General Admission. The Spring Fling event will be held outdoors, rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Carousel rides are weather permitting. Premier Experience! Breakfast withthe Easter Bunny Saturday & Sunday: April 1st & 2nd Rain Date April 8th Upon Event Cancelation Breakfast is served from 9:00 am – 10:00 am in the Wildlife Education Building Classrooms. Member Ticket Price: Under 2: FreeChild (2-17): $27Adult (18+): $31 Non-BPZOO Member Ticket Price: Under 2: FreeChild (2-17): $32Adult (18+): $36 The ticket price includes breakfast, a private meeting with the Easter Bunny, and access to Spring Fling. Spring Fling opens at 10:00 am. Have you ever wondered what the Easter Bunny has for Breakfast? Contrary to popular belief, it is not just carrots. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny means you’re going to be enjoying eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, and more!  You’re going to have to tackle an entire plate of breakfast while you’re hanging out with friends and family. After you are done with your plate, you will get to have time to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny before going off and enjoying the activities of our Spring Fling. He may even have a special treat for you! Purchase Premier Tickets Members: Login into your account to purchase tickets. You will see discount at check out. Breakfast will be catered by On the Go Catering.  Advanced purchasing of tickets for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is required. Tickets are non-refundable. Zoo is closed to General...

Tie Dye at the Zoo

TIE-DYE IS BACK Saturday, February 18th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Purchase a BPZOO logo sweatshirt and have our staff tie-dye it for you in the Bear Den’s Cafe. Bring it home and watch the magic happen. The best part? Return to Buttonwood Park Zoo wearing your sweatshirt and receive 2 FREE ride tokens! Be careful when washing it for the first time! Wear gloves or the dye may stain hands your hands.

Art Gone Wild

AN ANIMAL INSPIRED ONLINE AUCTION BPZOO’s Art Gone Wild online auction, now in its 9th year, features over 35 unique art creations by your favorite zoo artists. We invite animal and art enthusiasts alike to peruse one-of-a-kind paintings available for purchase by the zoo’s artists in residence. 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 Art Gone Wild online auction, now in its 9th year, features over 35 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. As the 12th oldest zoo in the country, BPZOO has delighted and enlightened millions of visitors over its more than a century existence. We are dedicated to preserving the future of wildlife by creating engaging and educational experiences that connect the community to the natural world. Proceeds from Art Gone Wild directly support the Zoo’s education and conservation programs. Enter Here Add a splash of wild to your home or office with one of these beautiful animal created works of art! The auction opens on Thursday, December 1st and closes on Thursday, December 15th, 2022 at 9:00pm. Let the friendly bidding...

Baby Sloth

BPZOO WELCOMES SECOND BABY SLOTH The Buttonwood Park Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a second Hoffman’s two-toed sloth to 13-year-old female Sandy and 21-year-old male Bernardo. This new baby arrived on August 26, 2022 and is thriving under the care of both Sandy and BPZOO staff. Zoo guests may have spied the new baby during routine, weekly weight checks that allow animal care staff to monitor growth and eventually determine sex, which can be an extremely tricky process in sloths. The baby will cling tightly to its mother’s fur, high in the trees, until it is old enough to begin exploring the habitat. Young sloths remain near their mothers for around a year. Ziggy, who turned one in June, recently moved into “Brazil”, the habitat directly next to “Peru”, to give the new baby a chance to bond with Sandy. Bernardo, Sandy, big brother Ziggy and baby are four of 77 Hoffman’s two-toed sloths living among 34 facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Buttonwood Park Zoo proudly cooperates with AZA members to manage the zoo population of this species through the Species Survival Plan while enhancing the conservation of this species in the wild. BPZOO’s resident sloths serve as ambassadors for their species. Thanks to the donations made to our Conservation Kiosk, we proudly support The Sloth Institute in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Funded 100% by donations, The Sloth Institute works to protect and enhance the welfare and conservation of sloths through education, research, rescue, rehab, and release while also conducting vital research, conservation, and education programs to ensure their survival. BPZOO offers a daily “Keeper Chat”, an opportunity to learn more about these fascinating, slow-moving animals, at 10:00 am in Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs. About Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloths Hoffman’s two-toed sloths, Choloepus hoffmanni, are native to Costa Rica in lower Central America, across Panama, northwestern Colombia and Ecuador, and into portions of Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia. Currently listed as a Least Concern species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Hoffman’s two-toed sloths do not have any major threats at the global level. However, subpopulations in the northwestern part of its range, especially in Colombia and Central America, are declining due to severe habitat degradation and fragmentation. Wild-caught individuals, especially offspring, are sold as pets to tourists in Colombia. This illegal trade is increasing and represents a cause of concern due to its impact on the wild population. Two-toed sloths may live around 20 years in the wild and over 40 years in a zoological setting. This herbivorous, nocturnal mammal has been exhibited in AZA zoos since...

Red Panda Conservation

BPZOO IS COMMITTED TO SAVING RED PANDAS IN THE WILD  Red pandas are endemic to the Himalayas in Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma) and southern China. The global red panda population has declined by 50% in 20 years and there may be as few as 2,500 remaining in the wild. Habitat loss is the primary threat, but there is hope for this charismatic species.  What are we doing to protect this endangered species? BPZOO is proud to partner with Red Panda Network, the world leader in efforts to protect red pandas and their habitat, as a 2022 Reforestation Sponsor.  Our most recent donation of $5,000 will support the land purchase, reforestation, and the salary of a local land steward for one hectare of red panda habitat in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor in eastern Nepal: a critical location for red panda conservation that has been heavily fragmented and degraded by deforestation. Red pandas are unique, important and unfortunately endangered. They are a flagship species, meaning their conservation has landscape-level impacts, and like an umbrella, the entire ecoregion — its forests and wildlife — are protected when red pandas are conserved.   In 2019, Buttonwood Park Zoo unveiled its first ever red panda habitat. Since then, thanks to the success of our Conservation Donation Kiosk, we have donated $12,000 to Red Panda Network. Resident red pandas, Jacob and Marie, serve as ambassador for their species and together we will continue to inspire our guests and work to protect wildlife and wild places.   Shown here is land that needs to be restored in Ilam district. The barren land near Jaubari is a major population bottleneck location for red pandas (and other endangered wildlife) in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor. The majority of tree saplings for planting and restoration come from forest conservation nurseries which are being managed by local Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs), livestock herders and local councils. All trees are native species and red panda food species are prioritized. In addition to restoring critical habitat, our Reforestation Sponsorship provides alternative and sustainable income opportunities for local families. With our support, the Red Panda Network will be able to establish a bio-bridge that connects the fragmented patches of Community Forest on the Nepal side with the protected areas in India.   Way to go Jacob and...