Boo at the Zoo is Back!

Boo at the Zoo is Back!


Now in its 20th year – Boo at the Zoo will satisfy all your fall, Halloween and cool weather cravings.  With campus wide daytime trick-or-treating, there are seven chances to enjoy Boo at the Zoo this year. Want to show off your little ghosts and goblins?  Baby Boo is for you!  Baby Boo is geared towards children 5 and under, but any age is welcome!

Boo at the Zoo

Saturdays & Sundays
October 16, 17, 23, 24, and 30
10:00am – 6:00pm

October 31
10:00am – 3:00pm

Baby Boo

Friday, October 29
9:00am – 2:00pm

Dress the kids in their favorite costume and come explore all that BPZOO has to offer! We’ll provide families with a socially-distanced walk through experience with some twists and turns along the way. Our slightly spooky theme will include mazes, plenty of trick-or-treat stations, free carousel rides, endless photo opportunities including a photo costume contest, Halloween themed animal enrichment, and up-close meet and greets with the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors. Don’t forget to stop into the Cafe to enjoy festive, fall favorites – who can resist kettle corn and apple cider!

Families are encouraged to bring their own “trick or treat” bags.  All proceeds from Boo at the Zoo support the Zoo’s education and family programs. 

Did you take a photo in front of the Costume Contest backdrop!? Submit your photo by 8:00pm on the day you attended to be entered to win prizes!

We are excited to bring Boo at the Zoo back for the 2021 season! In order to do so, we have implemented measures to encourage social distancing among guests and staff and to protect our animals. By purchasing your event ticket, you agree to:

  • Abide by social distancing rules and do your best to give space between families
  • Wear a face mask whenever indoors – this means masks are required upon entry into the Zoo, to use the restrooms, indoor cafe and the Rainforest building
Are you or your family looking for a unique way to give back to the community?
Boo at the Zoo at Buttonwood Park Zoo is a fun way to volunteer while helping to create slightly spooky memories for thousands of families.
Boo at the Zoo Prices
BPZOO Member: $12 Adult, $8 Child
Non-member: $17 Adult, $13 Child
Under 2 is free
We strongly encourage purchasing your tickets online in advance. Entry is limited each hour and we cannot guarantee that tickets will be available at the door.
Baby Boo Prices
BPZOO Member: $10 Adult, $5 Child
Non-member: $15 Adult, $10 Child
Under 2 is free

Thank you to our Sensationally Spooky Sponsor:

Thank you to our Frightfully Fantastic Sponsor:

Thank you to our Trick or Treat Sponsors:

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We can’t wait to see everybody this year at Boo!

Toe Jam Puppet Band

Toe Jam Puppet Band

Sing and Dance with Toe Jam Puppet Band!

Rockin’ band for KIDS and their grown-ups, enjoy Toe Jam Puppet Band every Monday (weather permitting) at the Buttonwood Park Zoo!

Toe Jam will occupy Charlie’s Nature Play for two 45 minute shows at 10:00am and 11:30am – outside, weather permitting. The cost is $10/family after admission.

Nature Play will be closed to general visitors from 9:00 – 12:30.

Do you visit us two or three times a year!?

Then you need a BPZOO Membership!

Free Day at BPZOO

Free Day at BPZOO

Welcome to “Spring Week 2021”

A day of free admission to BPZOO in partnership with Highland Street Foundation and the New England Patriots Foundation!

When: Thursday, April 22nd – SOLD OUT
9:00am – 5:00pm (doors close at 4:15pm)

Buttonwood Park Zoo is a great place to visit year-round! We are able to offer our guests an outdoor environment where people can relax, learn and have fun in the presence of amazing wildlife.

Tickets to the Zoo must be reserved online in advance of your arrival, as you will need to choose a specific entry time for your visit. This helps us limit person-to-person transactions and help us manage guest capacity throughout the day. Per state guidelines, guest contact information will be required during the online ticketing process to allow for contact tracing.

Keeper Chat Schedule:
10:00 Asian Elephant
10:30 Cat Chat
11:00 Animal Ambassador Encounter
12:00 Buttonwood Farm
1:00 Chilean Pudu
2:00 Animal Ambassador Encounter
3:00 Asian Elephant
3:30 Harbor Seal




Earth Day 2021

Earth Day 2021

Let’s Do Our Part

Every day is Earth Day for the BPZOO and our supporters!

As we all do our part to protect and preserve habitats and ecosystems by our actions, collectively we are making an impact. This year as we continue to celebrate virtually, we are asking you to share pictures of how you help the environment in your daily lives.

Send pictures to contest@bpzoo.org during the month of April 🌎 and be entered to win prizes!

By submitting a picture, you are allowing the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society
to share your picture on social media.

If you wish to keep your picture private, please
clearly state so in your email. 

The first 100 submissions will receive an AZA Party for the Planet kit. Head to the Zoo for a visit and pickup your kit at the front desk!

Each kit is packed in a reusable produce mesh produce bag. Contents include:
•  Information card explaining contents of the bag
•  Garden trowel for digging in the dirt
•  Nature journal to record observations in nature
•  Window Cling as a reminder to cover windows to prevent bird strikes
•  Post Card for families to thank a person or business that is helping to save wild places for wildlife
•  Lights out for Wildlife light switch sticker
•  3 SAFE trading cards; Songbirds, Monarchs, and Sea Turtles

Plus, for every picture you send we will enter you into a raffle for a BPZOO reusable kit – everything you need to be plastic free in 2021! This pack includes a reusable straw, utensil travel kit, water bottle and a BPZOO t-shirt.

Looking for inspiration?
Join Team SouthCoast for the EcoChallenge for some great examples of how you can help the environment every day.

Earth Month Ecochallenge: Drawdown is a solutions-oriented engagement program focused on individuals taking action to reduce greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. The actions in the Ecochallenge connect to global solutions highlighted by Project Drawdown, a research-based organization that is leading the efforts to map, measure, model, and describe existing, amazing solutions to climate change.

Participate in a Southcoast Shoreline Clean Up:

🌎 Saturday April 10th @ 1:30pm Fort Phoenix, Fairhaven- registration link

🌎 Saturday April 17th @ 9am – 12pm Quequechan Rail Trail Park – registration link

🌎 Thursday, April 22nd – Shingle Island River Reserve – registration link

🌎 Saturday April 24th @ 11:30am Palmers Island & West Beach, New Bedford – registration link

Easter EGG-stravaganza

Easter EGG-stravaganza

Hop on over to BPZOO and join in the fun at our Easter EGG-stravaganza!


March 27, April 2 and April 3, 2021

This family friendly, socially distanced, 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, 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! Make sure to bring those Easter baskets.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.


Click here for fun, reusable ways to repurpose Easter eggs!

Click here for our Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt!

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

Space is limited.
Tickets are non-refundable

Member prices: Adults $11
Children: $7

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

Children under 2 are free

Thank you to our Bunny Hop Sponsors:

Wildlife Education Series Returns

Wildlife Education Series Returns

Wildlife Education Series Returns

Join us on Zoom for two incredible talks about two magnificent species.

April 1, 2021 at 7:00pm  – Care and Conservation of Elephants in Asia

April 28, 2021 at 7:00pm – Preserving a Future for Polar Bears Across the Arctic

Care and Conservation of Elephants in Asia

In this presentation Dr. Susan Mikota, Director of Veterinary Services and Research for Elephant Care International (ECI) will discuss the status of captive and wild elephants in Asia with a focus on ECI projects in select countries. ECI programs focus on Care (healthcare and welfare of individuals and groups), Conservation (mitigation of disease where captive and wild elephant interface) and Capacity Building (through training veterinarians and providing technical support, equipment, and supplies).

This programming is FREE. When registering, please consider making a donation to ensure we can stay connected; a portion of these donations will go to the speaker’s organization.

About Dr. Mikota:
Dr. Susan Mikota is the Director of Veterinary Programs and Research for Elephant Care International, a non-profit organization that she also co-founded. Elephant Care International is dedicated to the healthcare, welfare, and conservation of elephants and to facilitating data sharing among elephant professionals. She has written numerous scientific articles and book chapters and co-edited Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of Elephants, the first modern veterinary textbook dedicated to elephants. Dr. Mikota worked for the Audubon Zoo/Audubon Institute for almost 20 years, before moving to Indonesia for 3 years to care for elephants in government training centers on Sumatra. Dr. Mikota has also worked in Nepal, Myanmar, India, Thailand, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. She is a member of the IUCN Asian Elephant Specialist Group, the IUCN Wildlife Health Specialist Group and the Asian Captive Elephant Working Group (acewg.org). In 2017 she became a Diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare, a specialty acknowledged by the American Veterinary Medical Association.


Preserving a Future for Polar Bears Across the Arctic

Polar Bears International (PBI) is the only conservation organization solely dedicated to wild polar bears. Through research, education, and advocacy we work to inspire people to care about the Arctic and its connection to our global climate. Join us to learn more about leading polar bear research and education presented by Alysa McCall, PBI Director of Conservation Outreach and Marissa Krouse, PBI Program Manager.

This programming is FREE. When registering, please consider making a donation to ensure we can stay connected; a portion of these donations will go to the speaker’s organization.

About Alysa McCall, Director of Conservation Outreach:
Alysa has a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Animal Biology from Thompson Rivers University and an M.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Alberta where her thesis focused on the polar bears of western Hudson Bay. She gained hands-on experience with polar bears from multiple fall and spring field seasons in Tuktoyaktuk and Churchill, and she has been heavily involved in the collaring and tracking of Hudson Bay polar bears. Prior to joining PBI’s staff, Alysa volunteered for several years in multiple capacities, including being a panelist on the Tundra Connections program and assisting with the Polar Bear Tracker. She is passionate about science education and polar bear conservation, and is dedicated to ensuring that future generations inherit a healthy planet. She lives in Whitehorse, Yukon.

About Marissa Krouse, Program Manager:
Marissa has a B.A. in psychology with a focus in animal behavior. She worked in a zoo setting for nine years, specifically in the fields of conservation education and animal husbandry. Her role at PBI includes coordinating our Arctic Ambassador Center network, Education and Outreach campaigns, and leading our annual Climate Alliance training sessions for zoo staff, helping them to communicate effectively. She is the co-author of a Polar Bear Diet Trial publication in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (2014) and has published in the American Association of Zookeepers National Conference Proceedings (2010, 2011). Marissa is a motivated conservationist who values teamwork and is dedicated to helping others lead their communities. She believes in the legacy she will leave behind and works to leave a healthy planet for future generations.

Wildlife Education Series 2021 is proudly sponsored by