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February 17, 2017

Buttonwood Park Zoo supports elephant work in Vietnam

Buttonwood Park Zoo recently provided funding to the Elephant Conservation Center in Dak Lak, Vietnam, for the purchase of a portable digital scale. Funds for the scale came from the zoo’s conservation program in which zoo visitors make a monetary contribution to one of three conservation funds. These funds vary each year and range from […]


December 27, 2016

Tropical exhibits at heart of Buttonwood Park Zoo’s master plan

As popular as it was at the Buttonwood Park Zoo, the Aquatic Environment Center is roped off until sometime in mid-2017, and a glimpse of what is happening in that space now speaks volumes about the zoo and the direction it is headed under Director Keith Lovett.To put it simply, the less than ambitious 16-year-old […]


December 27, 2016

Buttonwood Park Zoo unveils wheelchair accessible train car

The Black Bear Express, Buttonwood Park Zoo’s train is now wheelchair accessible thanks in part to a grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities and a private donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The new wheelchair accessible caboose was unveiled this week by a host of officials. “We are proud to support the Buttonwood Park Zoo and the […]


October 25, 2016

Out and About: Boo at the Zoo

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September 26, 2016

Bristol Aggie on a mission to save the monarchs

Community collaboration at its finest! The Buttonwood Park Zoo, Bristol County Agricultural High School, New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches, and Friends of Buttonwood Park work together to save monarch butterflies. Source: Bristol Aggie on a mission to save the monarchs


September 23, 2016

Buttonwood Park Zoo elephants provide unforgettable art lesson for fifth-graders

NEW BEDFORD — Elephants pack creative talents in their trunks.Fifth-grade students at Our Sisters School experienced that firsthand Thursday morning when they watched Emily and Ruth, the two Asian elephants at Buttonwood Park Zoo, use their trunks to create artwork.They cheered as the elephants grabbed brushes filled with non-toxic paint and used their trunks to guide […]


September 11, 2016

BookLovers: September/October Brings Authors to SouthCoast

Mark your calendars — or your calendar apps — BookLovers, because September and October are jam-packed with author events in SouthCoast. And I’m not blanketing this entire time period under “fall,” because fall doesn’t start until Sept. 22, and I don’t give up summer until the very last second, when Mother Nature yanks it from me […]


September 7, 2016

Your View: Animals and staff cooperate at Buttonwood Zoo

“Hit the ground running” describes my first few months as the Buttonwood Park Zoo staff veterinarian. It has been a whirlwind adventure in which I have experienced the full range of emotions. I have started to cultivate strong relationships with my colleagues, with the animals, and with the community. In the process, I have learned […]


August 24, 2016

Our View: Buttonwood Zoo shines, despite criticism

It’s difficult to make sense of the well-intentioned, but misguided, criticism from a few, when so many objective indicators tell such a different story of the Buttonwood Park Zoo.Most obviously, we need only look at attendance statistics for the 7-acre gem in New Bedford’s West End. It is the most popular attraction in Southeastern Massachusetts, […]


August 19, 2016

Buttonwood Park Zoo exhibits based on Ocean Explorium to start Thursday

Local folks who enjoyed the downtown Ocean Explorium will soon be able to see new exhibits at Buttonwood Park Zoo based on some of those same features.On Thursday, the zoo will unveil five new exhibits “developed, in part, by recycling several of the aquarium tanks and life support system equipment from the former Ocean Explorium.”Among […]

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