by Kris Caisse | Mar 23, 2015 | Uncategorized
Check out the SouthCoast Today article discussing the FrogWatch Program at the Buttonwood Park Zoo.
Become a citizen scientist! Local frogs need your help! Amphibian populations are declining worldwide so it’s important to learn as much as we can about these animals. Here’s how you can help! Join the Buttonwood Park Zoo’s FrogWatch Chapter. FrogWatch USA is a nationwide frog and toad monitoring program. Learn to identify local frog and toad calls at the last training session for the season on Saturday, April 4th, from 1-3:30. Then explore local wetlands to help contribute critical data to the long-term scientific study. Ready to become a citizen scientist? Call to register 508-991-6178 x 31. (Ages 7+)
Plan to come to the Zoo a little earlier on Saturday and learn about the importance of amphibian conservation and awareness from our guest speaker. Lou Perrotti, the Director of Conservation Programs at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, will be coming here to talk to us about the current amphibian crisis and how zoos and their supporters can help. Lou has worked with the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center in Panama, as well as being very active in starting and supporting the RWPZ FrogWatch USA Chapter. To learn more about Lou’s amazing work and how you too can help frogs join us Saturday April 4th!
Guest Speaker, Lou Perrotti: April 4th, 11:00am
FrogWatch Training: April 4th, 1:00pm
by Kris Caisse | Mar 13, 2015 | Uncategorized
The Zoo’s newest animal ambassador, a reg tegu, will play an important role in educating visitors, school groups, and the community about pet ownership responsibilities, invasive species, and so much more!
To view the online article at SouthCoastToday, click here.
by Kris Caisse | Mar 5, 2015 | Uncategorized
This beautiful red tegu was found roaming the streets of Falmouth before she was picked up by local animal care and control staff. Falmouth Pet Center kept her for the required period of time before contacting us about giving her a forever home. Rosita, along with many other residents of the zoo, have came to us because they were either orphaned, injured, or confiscated and now take on the important role of educating visitors about their stories.
Red tegu’s are native to Argentina and inhabit tropical forests, savannahs, and flatlands. Tegu’s are often sold as pets when they are young, small, and “cute”, but can grow to nearly four feet long. Unfortunately, tegu’s are often let go or released which can be detrimental to local wildlife.
You can see Rosita in her new home in the zoo’s Aquatic Environment Center or you may even get the chance to meet her out and about with our education staff. Rosita will serve as an ambassador for her species and educate zoo visitors about the threats of invasive species.
Find out more about our new Zoomobile programs, and how you can book a visit with Rosita! https://www.bpzoo.org/zoomobile/