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It’s difficult to make sense of the well-intentioned, but misguided, criticism from a few, when so many objective indicators tell such a different story of the Buttonwood Park Zoo.Most obviously, we need only look at attendance statistics for the 7-acre gem in New Bedford’s West End. It is the most popular attraction in Southeastern Massachusetts, hosting 150,000 to 160,000 visitors a year, 70 percent of whom come from outside New Bedford, from Boston and Providence suburbs to

Source: Our View: Buttonwood Zoo shines, despite criticism