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Creature Creations

Creature Creations

AN ANIMAL INSPIRED ART CLASS

Join us for Creature Creations, an indoor painting class led by instructor Kathleen Patrick and a zoo educator. This fun program will introduce your child to a featured animal, either inside the classroom or at an animal habitat.

The next program is happening on Sunday, November 20th at 12:30 and 2:30pm.

International Red Panda Day

International Red Panda Day

BPZOO CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL RED PANDA DAY 

Join us for International Red Panda Day at the Zoo on Saturday, September 17th to learn about our red pandas, Jacob and Marie, and raise awareness about this beautiful, yet endangered species.

There will be a special Red Panda Keeper Chat at 2:00pm.

Let’s see how much we can raise for red pandas! Donate to the Zoo’s conservation donation fund during your visit, or online, and be entered into a raffle to win a VIP Red Panda Encounter for four people! For every $5.00 donation, you’ll receive one raffle entry. These donations must be made in person or online on September 17th to be entered.

 

Do you have a red panda shirt? Wear it to the Zoo on September 17th and you’ll receive a free ride ticket! Be sure to tag us on social media and show that you want to #savetheredpanda!

 

What are we doing to protect this endangered species?

BPZOO is proud to partner with the Red Panda Network, the world leader in efforts to protect red pandas and their habitat, as a Reforestation Sponsor. Our most recent donation of $5,000 will support the land purchase, reforestation, and the salary of a local land steward for one hectare of red panda habitat in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor in eastern Nepal: a critical location for red panda conservation that has been heavily fragmented and degraded by deforestation.

Red pandas are unique, important and unfortunately endangered. There may be as few as 2,500 red pandas remaining in the wild. Red pandas are a flagship species. Their conservation has landscape-level impacts, and like an umbrella, the entire ecoregion — its forests and wildlife — are protected when red pandas are conserved.

 

BPZOO is dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places.

Elephant Appreciation Day

Elephant Appreciation Day

JOIN US FOR A BIG CELEBRATION

Elephant Appreciation Day at BPZOO is happening on Sunday, September 25, 2022 and we welcome you to join us in honoring and celebrating Ruth and Emily! Can you believe that Ruth is turning 64 and Emily is turning 58!? Stop by the Asian elephant habitat for educational activities from 11:00am – 2:00pm, with a Happy Birthday sing-a-long & special enrichment happening at 1:00pm.

Did you know – Ruth and Emily are among the oldest Asian elephants in North America? It is an honor and a privilege to provide a home for these beautiful elephants and we welcome the community to join us in honoring them!

If you would like to bring Emily and Ruth a special treat, donations of unopened packages of unsalted shelled peanuts, yogurt covered raisins, and dried fruit will be accepted on their behalf.

The Asian elephants you know and love living in zoos and human care serve as ambassadors to inspire people to care about their preservation. From Sunday, September 18 – 25, all Coins for Conservation donations will go directly towards in-situ elephant conservation.

Asian elephant numbers are 10 times lower than those of African elephants. Worldwide, the estimate is that only 40,000 – 50,000 remain. Lack of habitat, competition for resources, and development have left about a third of all Asian elephants reliant on some form of managed care. We need to find ways for humans and elephants to peacefully coexist to save the species. AZA facilities and affiliated conservation organizations are doing just this, in order to ensure this magnificent species will remain for generations to come!

You can make a donation in their honor that goes directly towards Asian elephant conservation.

 

BPZOO is dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places.

Wildlife Education Series

Wildlife Education Series

Wildlife Education Series

Join us on Zoom for an enlightening discussion about beluga whale research and exciting advances in animal science!

Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 6:00pm – Learning from Whale Snot!

Learning from Whale Snot!

In this virtual talk, Dr. Justin Richard, Assistant Professor at University of Rhode Island, will talk about beluga whale research! Specifically, Dr. Richard will share the critical research that occurs at aquariums to develop minimally-invasive tools to study beluga whales, and how we can explore beluga whale biology in new ways by combining behavioral research with physiological research. Learn how exhaled breath samples can be used to study beluga whale genetic relationships, maturity status, and even help detect pregnancy!

Dr. Richard’s interest in marine mammals developed at Mystic Aquarium, where he was a beluga whale trainer for nearly 10 years before entering a PhD program in Integrative and Evolutionary Biology at URI.  Now a member of the faculty in the department of Animal and Veterinary Science, he teaches courses relating to animal behavior, marine mammals, and zoo and aquarium animal care and management.  His research takes an integrative approach to studying behavior in zoos and aquariums to fill knowledge gaps about animals and behaviors that are logistically difficult to study in the wild to advance conservation efforts.  His research program emphasizes undergraduate participation, providing opportunities for interested students to engage in authentic learning experiences in animal science.

This programming is FREE. When registering, please consider making a donation to ensure we can stay connected.

Party for the Planet

Party for the Planet

Let’s Do Our Part

Party for the Planet is the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America! More than 100 AZA accredited zoos and aquariums across the country celebrate with activities, giveaways, and special events.

Join us at the Buttonwood Park Zoo on Saturday, April 23rd from 11 am to 2 pm when we will offer our visitors the opportunity to explore, learn, and play as 20+ local organizations and businesses come together to celebrate green, sustainable living and and teach us how to make choices that will ensure the health of our planet for generations to come. Don’t forget to bring in any unwanted electronics (see details below).

To add to the fun, the Zoo will have live music, a raffle, fun games, face painting, an ambulance onsite, Earth Day-inspired enrichment demonstrations with our animals, and so much more! It’s a party for the planet, come celebrate with us!

Connect with Nature

Connecting with nature is healthy for us mentally and physically.

Spring into Action by tracking the monarch butterfly migration north from their overwintering grounds in Mexico to coastal California through the United States and Canada. To capture how monarchs recolonize the breeding areas, report first sightings of adults, the first emergence of milkweeds, and first eggs and larvae to Journey North. Already seen your “first” spring observations? No problem! Please report all observations after these “firsts” to Journey North
as well. Tag AZA during registration by adding AZA Party for the Planet in the comment section of your report!

Create Pollinator Spaces in your backyard! AZA is partnering with The National Wildlife Federation to expand native habitats across AZA-accredited facilities and their members. NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat® program helps to create and restore habitat and wildlife populations. Turning your yard, balcony container garden, work landscape, or roadside greenspace into a Certified Wildlife Habitat® is fun, easy, and can make a lasting difference for wildlife. Spring into Action with AZA and NWF in creating native habitats near you!

Electronic Waste Drop-off

Members of the community can bring in any unwanted electronic item during Party for the Planet and we will see to it that it is properly recycled by an electronic recycling firm; one free child admission per party/family into Party for the Planet with E-Waste drop-off! 

All electronic items can be taken at no charge, with the exception of tube TVs. Those require a $10 disposal fee. Other items collected at no charge are cell phones, stereo equipment, desktop or laptop computers, printers, scanners, tablets, household appliances (toasters, blenders, etc), as well as microwaves and other consumer electronics.

Join a Clean-up!

Here are some local clean-up meetups in collaboration with Be the Solution to Pollution:

???? April 3rd from 9-12 at Fairhaven Bike Path (meeting behind the community center)
???? April 9th at 10 am at West Beach, New Bedford (in association with Nativity Prep)
???? April 25th at 9 am at Fort Phoenix, Fairhaven

Easter EGG-stravaganza

Easter EGG-stravaganza

Hop on over to BPZOO!

April 9 (sold out), April 10 (sold out), April 16 (sold out), 2022

Hop on over to BPZOO and join in the fun at our Easter EGG-stravaganza April 9th, 10th & 16th!

This family friendly, outdoor, walk through event will include an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt, Easter candy stations, our Spring Forward Obstacle Course, and The Bunny Hop Trail. With endless photo opportunities, unlimited carousel rides, up-close meet and greets with our own Animal Ambassadors plus a visit from the Easter Bunny, you’re sure to have an EGG-cellent time!

Please be aware that the train will not be running during the Easter event. 

Make sure you remember to bring those Easter baskets to carry all your Easter treats!

Advanced purchasing of tickets is advised. Event will be held outdoors, rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.

BPZOO Membership has its perks! Members receive discounted tickets. Please log in to receive your discount and to purchase tickets.

Member prices: Adults $11
Children: $7

Non-Member prices: Adults $16
Children: $12

Children under 2 are free

THANK YOU TO OUR GOLDEN EGG PRESENTING SPONSOR:

THANK YOU TO OUR BUNNY HOP SPONSOR:

THANK YOU TO OUR EASTER BASKET SPONSORS:

THANK YOU TO OUR EGG-CEPTIONAL SPONSOR: