Welcome to the Fishbowl – where the lanes are alive with the sound of strikes and spares! Join us for our 4th Annual Bowling Fundraiser, a fin-tastic event dedicated to supporting the Buttonwood Park Zoo and its mission of wildlife conservation.

Bowlers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Team costumes are encouraged!

Sunday, March 3, 2024

1:00 – 3:00 pm | Wonder Bowl, New Bedford

$10 per person to register

(includes the cost of bowling, shoe rental, and event tshirt)

Aim for $200 in pledges! All bowlers must raise a minimum of $65.

Prizes for: Top Male and Female Bowlers, Top Team Fundraiser, Top Team Score, and Best Costume.

How to Get Involved:

1. Team Registration:

Gather your school, workplace, or group of friends and form a team! Teams can include up to 4 players. Register your team now to secure your spot on the lanes.

2. Individual Registration:

Don’t have a full team? No problem! Sign up as an individual, and we’ll match you with other enthusiastic bowlers who share your passion for conservation.

3. Sponsorship Opportunities:

Support the zoo while gaining visibility for your business! Explore our sponsorship packages and discover how your company can be a vital part of this exciting event.

Every strike and spare supports the vital conservation efforts at the Buttonwood Park Zoo.

Funds raised from Fishbowl directly contribute to habitat preservation, wildlife education, and the well-being of the animals in our care.

Registration due by Monday, February 26, 2024.

Questions? Please contact Katie Sherman, Development Manager, at or 508.991.4556, ext. 119.

Photo Release: By signing up for the bowling fundraiser, you are agreeing to have your photo taken and used for marketing purposed by Buttonwood Park Zoo & Zoological Society.

A portion of your entry is tax deductible. Tax ID: 04-2661467.

A Gift That Lasts All Year! 

BPZOO Memberships make a perfect gift for the animal lover in your life.

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

Boo at the Zoo logo with pumpkin to look like a red panda. Listing dates and times of the event.

Creature Creations (Ages 3+)

Saturday, November 11th

 12:30 – 1:30 pm & 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Featured Animal: Bald Eagle

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.


Members: $16 per ticket

Non-Members: $27 per ticket


One ticket includes admission for one child and one accompanying adult. Only registered children can participate in the program. Additional admission tickets are available at the door.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Unregistered children (including siblings) can not attend.

Important Safety Guidelines For Creature Creations:

  • Programs will be limited to 20 participants with 1 Art Teacher and 1 Zoo Educator.
  • Participants will be seated 2 per table with additional chairs available nearby for guardians/parents.
  • All materials will be provided.
  • Out of consideration for all of our BPZOO guests, if a participant is experiencing any of the following symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), please do not allow them to attend this program. You will be granted a full refund as a sign of our appreciation.

Questions? Contact the Education Department at (508) 991- 4556 ext.110 or email

Elephant Appreciation Day

Elephant Appreciation Day


Elephant Appreciation Day at BPZOO is happening on Sunday, October 1st, 2023, and we welcome you to join us in honoring and celebrating Ruth and Emily!

Can you believe that Ruth is turning 65 and Emily is turning 59!? Stop by the Asian elephant habitat for educational activities from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, with a Happy Birthday sing-a-long & special enrichment happening at 1:00 pm.

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.

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.

International Red Panda Day

International Red Panda Day


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

Here is the schedule of all the fun:

🐾 11 am – 2 pm: Face Painting, Activity with a BPZOO Educator, and Raffle Tickets for Red Panda Painting

🐾 11 am: Painting with the Pandas

🐾 12 pm: Cubs’ Gender Reveal

🐾 1 pm: Cubs’ Name Reveal

🐾 2 pm: Red Panda Keeper Chat and Raffle Drawing

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

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.

Tie Dye at the Zoo

Tie Dye at the Zoo

Saturday, September 30th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tie Dye Workshop: Get creative and design your very own tie-dye masterpiece. We provide the materials, you bring the imagination! Create a vibrant, one-of-a-kind design a BPZOO tshirt. Whether you’re a tie-dye pro or a beginner, this activity is fun for all ages. Children’s sizes XS-Large. $14.95 per shirt. Pre-registration required.

The best part? Return to Buttonwood Park Zoo wearing your t-shirt and receive a FREE ride token!

Be careful when washing it for the first time! Wear gloves or the dye may stain hands your hands.

Glitter Witch Tattoos: Add a touch of enchantment to your day with our Glitter Witch Tattoos station. The Glitter Witches will adorn you with sparkling, mystical designs. Choose from an array of magical designs and patterns, and let your inner witch or wizard shine.

Honey Tasting: Experience the sweet side of nature with our Honey Tasting event. Sample our pumpkin spice whipped honey or honey lip balms, each with its own unique flavor profile. Learn about the importance of bees in our ecosystem and discover the secrets of honey production.

Animal Encounters: While you’re here, don’t forget to visit our amazing animals! Buttonwood Park Zoo is home to a diverse array of species from around the world. Explore our habitats and learn about wildlife conservation.

*Ticket purchase provides you with a white BPZOO T-shirt for tie-dying. Glitter tattoos are available for purchase through the Glitter Witches. This event will be rain or shine. Tickets can not be refunded.*

Baby Boo at the Zoo

Baby Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo logo with pumpkin to look like a red panda. Listing dates and times of the event.

Tickets are LIVE for BPZOO MEMBERS ONLY through September 10th!

Baby Boo at the Zoo will satisfy all your little ones fall, Halloween, and cool weather cravings! This daytime Halloween-themed family-friendly event is full of games, trick-or-treating, costume parade, food, and fun.

Friday, October 27th

9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Ticket Prices:

Member Pricing:
Adults (18+): $10 | Child (2-17): $5 | Under 2: Free

Non-Member Pricing:
Adults (18+): $15 | Child (2-17): $10 | Under 2: Free

Baby Boo is geared towards ages 5 and younger

Special Halloween Toe Jam Puppet Band performance at 12:30 pm!

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.
Would you like to volunteer? Email

Thank you to our sponsors and their continued support.