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SouthCoast Summer: 5 things you didn’t know about Buttonwood Park Zoo

SouthCoast Summer: 5 things you didn’t know about Buttonwood Park Zoo

SouthCoast Summer: 5 things you didn’t know about Buttonwood Park Zoo

 

Longer days and warmer weather means just one thing in New Bedford: It’s time to visit Buttonwood Park Zoo. Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, the zoo is in year three of a 15-year master plan that will redevelop and revamp the “hidden gem” that is Buttonwood Park Zoo.

With new programming that puts education and preservation at the forefront, festivities surrounding its anniversary, plus the animals that New Bedford residents have known and loved for years, it’s more than worth it to check out what’s happening inside the zoo’s gates.

Need more convincing? Check out these five things you didn’t know about the zoo.

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Toys for Elephants

Toys for Elephants

MassArt students create toys for elephants at New Bedford zoo

NEW BEDFORD — The barn door in the elephant yard opened at the stroke of 10 a.m., revealing to Emily and Ruth,
the Asian elephants who live there, five new toys built for them by art students in Boston.

The scene at Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford on Thursday drew comparisons to Christmas morning. The toymakers were Massachusetts College of Art and Design students enrolled in an elective called Toys for Elephants.

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Red panda to debut at Buttonwood Park Zoo

Red panda to debut at Buttonwood Park Zoo

Zoo Opens its First Ever Red Panda Habitat

“Over the last five years the Buttonwood Park Zoo has been committed to saving threatened and endangered species around the world,” said Buttonwood Park Zoo Executive Director Keith Lovett in a statement. “The new red panda habitat is an example of how we are working at the zoo to establish captive insurance populations while also supporting conservation work in Asia for this endangered species.”

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