Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs

A conservation-based center focused on preserving important species and the habitats they call home.

Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs sponsored by the Stoico/FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation opened in July 2017 for all to enjoy!  This new Zoo experience brings guests closer to tropical forests species of South America and ocean dwelling species from around the world.

Recreating habitats of the river systems of South America, this multi-species, multi-habitat experience introduces visitors to fascinating animals like the cotton-top tamarin, goeldi’s monkey, golden-headed lion tamarin, pygmy marmoset, bearded emperor tamarin, Bolivian gray titi monkey, and two-toed sloth. Co-habitating with unique birds like the guira cuckoo, hawk-headed parrot, Peruvian pigeon, and Montezuma quail, the rainforests of South America come alive through four lush and natural habitats.  Through the use of glass and mesh Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs provide guests a front row seat to the sights and sounds of the Amazon River.  Can you spot the matamata turtles in Peru or the green basilisks of Colombia?

For ocean enthusiasts, Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs explores ocean regions from the North Atlantic to the Indo-Pacific and Caribbean with mesmerizing tanks of coral reef, moon jellyfish, garden eel and an interactive tidal pool where children and adults alike can enjoy the thrill of touching native scallops, starfish and species of crab.

Consistent with the Zoo’s conservation and environmental education based mission, many of the species in this center are considered threatened or endangered in the wild.  As part of our goal to ensure the future health of these species, the Zoo will be working with other accredited zoos around the country to establish captive breeding and field conservation programs.  It is our hope and mission to inspire guests through 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.

Support the Zoo’s future!

Honor a loved one, recognize a friend or show your company support by purchasing a Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs plaque.



“Imtra was thrilled with the opportunity to donate towards the Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs project.  We viewed it as a chance to show our support for an organization that has brought so much to this community.   They’ve made such an effort to provide educational resources to local students and have transformed the zoo into a destination that draws visitors to New Bedford.   We are proud of our affiliation and look forward to seeing their continued growth and success.”