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A Baby Sloth at BPZOO!

They say the best things come to those who wait – and after waiting approximately 11.5 months, there is a baby sloth at BPZOO! Born on June 22, 2021 to first time parents, 12-year-old female Sandy and 20-year-old male, Bernardo, this Hoffman’s two-toed sloth baby is the first to ever be born at BPZOO in its 127-year history.

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BPZOO Welcomes a New Lynx

Meet, Hutch!The Buttonwood Park Zoo recently welcomed a new resident to the seven-acre campus. Hutch, a nine-year old Canada lynx, came to BPZOO in March from the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA and is now residing in the Lynx habitat, just beyond the Bison pasture. Sent to...

Animal Art Night Returns

Animal Art NightLooking to explore your artistic side? 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...

Free Day at BPZOO

Welcome to "Spring Week 2021" A day of free admission to BPZOO in partnership with Highland Street Foundation and the New England Patriots Foundation! When: Thursday, April 22nd - SOLD OUT9:00am - 5:00pm (doors close at 4:15pm) Buttonwood Park Zoo is a great place to...

Earth Day 2021

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.

A Baby Sloth at BPZOO!

First Sloth Birth in 127 Year History They say the best things come to those who wait – and after waiting approximately 11.5 months, there is a baby sloth at BPZOO! Born on June 22, 2021 to first time parents, 12-year-old female Sandy and 20-year-old male, Bernardo, this Hoffman’s two-toed sloth baby is the first to ever be born at BPZOO in its 127-year history. BPZOO’s veterinarian, Dr. Erica Lipanovich, examined the baby at six days old. “Since this is Sandy’s first birth, we wanted to give her plenty of space to bond with baby before we performed an examination. We were able to quickly examine the baby at six days old, where it weighed in at 348 grams (roughly 0.76 pounds) – both baby and mom are doing exceptionally well.” Sloths do mostly everything upside down high up in the trees – eat, sleep, mate, and give birth – lowering to the ground only to defecate. For months, after confirming pregnancy as part of this animal’s regular ultrasound exam training, Zookeepers were carefully monitoring and awaiting this monumental birth, eagerly checking on Sandy every morning. They were ecstatic to discover the tiny baby – born fully eared, eyes open and able to climb on the morning of the 22nd. The baby will cling tightly to its mother’s fur, and young sloths remain near their mothers for around a year. Zoo staff will continue to monitor the baby’s growth with weekly weight checks and will eventually determine the sex, which can be an incredibly tricky process in sloths . “Sandy is doing a great job,” said Jessica Martinho, one of the Zookeepers who cares for the sloths. “She is sleeping and eating; the baby is nursing – both are doing exactly what they should be doing.” Bernardo, Sandy, and baby are three out of 77 Hoffman’s two-toed sloths at 34 AZA institutions. Buttonwood Park Zoo proudly cooperates with other members of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums to manage the zoo population of this species through the Species Survival Plan while enhancing the conservation of this species in the wild. When discussing the first sloth birth in the Zoo’s history, BPZOO Director, Keith Lovett expressed how pleased he was to share this birth with the entire community. “Sloths are one of the most popular species at the Zoo and bringing additional awareness of these unique, fascinating animals will help further educate our audience to the importance of conserving wildlife.” BPZOO offers a daily “Keeper Chat”, an opportunity to learn more about these slow-moving animals, at 10:00 am in the Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs building (face coverings are required to enter this building). The Zoo is located at 425 Hawthorn Street in New Bedford and is open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm daily throughout the summer. 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...

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BPZOO Welcomes a New Lynx

Meet, Hutch! The Buttonwood Park Zoo recently welcomed a new resident to the seven-acre campus. Hutch, a nine-year old Canada lynx, came to BPZOO in March from the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA and is now residing in the Lynx habitat, just beyond the Bison pasture. Sent to New Bedford based on a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), Hutch is slowly being introduced to female Canada lynx, Sylvie, who has called BPZOO home since 2014. The goal of the SSP is to cooperatively manage lynx populations within AZA accredited zoos to ensure a healthy and genetically diverse population. Hutch was born in Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada in 2011. A year later, he was transferred to the Stone Zoo, where he has resided until his match with Sylvie. The recommendation came a few months after the passing of beloved Calgary, a male Canada lynx who called BPZOO home for 11 years. At 20 years and seven months, Calgary was recognized as the oldest Canada lynx living in an AZA facility. As Hutch completed his required 30-day quarantine, he has bonded with his caretakers and has been adjusting to his new home quite well. Hutch is described as a laid back and mellow cat, who has been very patient during his introductions with Sylvie and quite vocal – Canada lynx are known to have unique vocalizations. “We have a long, successful history managing this northern small cat species,” said BPZOO Director Keith Lovett. “We are excited to welcome Hutch to the Zoo. We are hopefully that in the near future Hutch and Sylvie will produce kittens which will significantly add to the sustainability of this population in AZA.” 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. There are currently 62 Canada lynx residing in 25 AZA accredited institutions, including the two here at...

Animal Art Night Returns

Animal Art Night Looking to explore your artistic side? 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. Come create your masterpiece of Emily the Asian Elephant on Sunday, June 27th from 5:00-7:30 pm! Sign me up! $35 Zoo Members / $42 Non-member

Free Day at BPZOO

Welcome to “Spring Week 2021” A day of free admission to BPZOO in partnership with Highland Street Foundation and the New England Patriots Foundation! When: Thursday, April 22nd – SOLD OUT9:00am – 5:00pm (doors close at 4:15pm) 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 Elephant10:30 Cat Chat11:00 Animal Ambassador Encounter12:00 Buttonwood Farm1:00 Chilean Pudu2:00 Animal Ambassador Encounter3:00 Asian Elephant3:30 Harbor Seal RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE    

Earth Day 2021

Let’s Do Our Part 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. Send pictures to contest@bpzoo.org during the month of April 🌎 and be entered to win prizes! By submitting a picture, you are allowing the Buttonwood Park Zoological Societyto share your picture on social media. If you wish to keep your picture private, pleaseclearly state so in your email.  The first 100 submissions will receive an AZA Party for the Planet kit. Head to the Zoo for a visit and pickup your kit at the front desk! Each kit is packed in a reusable produce mesh produce bag. Contents include:•  Information card explaining contents of the bag•  Garden trowel for digging in the dirt•  Nature journal to record observations in nature•  Window Cling as a reminder to cover windows to prevent bird strikes•  Post Card for families to thank a person or business that is helping to save wild places for wildlife•  Lights out for Wildlife light switch sticker•  3 SAFE trading cards; Songbirds, Monarchs, and Sea Turtles Plus, for every picture you send we will enter you into a raffle for a BPZOO reusable kit – everything you need to be plastic free in 2021! This pack includes a reusable straw, utensil travel kit, water bottle and a BPZOO t-shirt. Looking for inspiration?Join Team SouthCoast for the EcoChallenge for some great examples of how you can help the environment every day. Earth Month Ecochallenge: Drawdown is a solutions-oriented engagement program focused on individuals taking action to reduce greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. The actions in the Ecochallenge connect to global solutions highlighted by Project Drawdown, a research-based organization that is leading the efforts to map, measure, model, and describe existing, amazing solutions to climate change. Participate in a Southcoast Shoreline Clean Up: 🌎 Saturday April 10th @ 1:30pm Fort Phoenix, Fairhaven- registration link 🌎 Saturday April 17th @ 9am – 12pm Quequechan Rail Trail Park – registration link 🌎 Thursday, April 22nd – Shingle Island River Reserve – registration link 🌎 Saturday April 24th @ 11:30am Palmers Island & West Beach, New Bedford – registration...