Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs

Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs is a conservation-based center focused on preserving important species and the habitats they call home.


The Buttonwood Park Zoo is excited to open Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs for all to enjoy!  This new Zoo experience, sponsored by the Stoico/FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation, will bring guests closer to tropical forests species of South America and ocean dwelling species from around the world. Some of the fascinating species include cotton-top tamarin, golden-headed lion tamarin, goeldi’s monkey, pygmy marmoset, bearded emperor tamarin, Bolivian gray titi monkey, guira cuckoo, hawk-headed parrot, Peruvian pigeon, Montezuma quail, green basilisk, silver teal, yellow-spotted amazon river turtle, matamata turtle, Atlantic octopus, garden eel, coral reef fish, moon jellyfish and so much more!

Consistent with the Zoo’s conservation and environmental education based mission, many of the species in this newly renovated building are considered threatened or endangered in the wild and the Zoo will be working with other accredited zoos around the country to establish captive breeding and field conservation programs to help save these magnificent animals.  It is the Zoo’s goal that guests will walk away from their experience in Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs with a renewed appreciation of the diversity of wildlife on the planet and a desire to help protect our forests and oceans.


As the 12th oldest Zoo in the country, the Buttonwood Park Zoo has delighted and enlightened millions of visitors over its more than a century existence. YOU can be a part of building the first major new exhibit at the Zoo in almost two decades by making a donation to this project. Honor a loved one, show your company support or recognize a friend! Donors will be acknowledged with a plaque featuring one of the unique species and a personal message. Make your mark on the Zoo’s future.