July 20, 2016

Buttonwood Park Zoo Elephant Ruth Receiving Medical Care for Health Complications

Buttonwood Park Zoo Elephant Ruth Receiving Medical Care for Health Complications A team of veterinarians is monitoring and treating one of the Buttonwood Park Zoo’s elephants, Ruth, a 58-year-old Asian Elephant, for health complications.  Ruth’s keepers monitor her health status daily and on Sunday, July 17, found signs of gastrointestinal difficulties.  A veterinary care team, […]


July 12, 2016

‘A dream come true’: Buttonwood Park Zoo’s new vet is SouthCoast native

NEW BEDFORD — Whitney Greene has worked with animals in such diverse settings as The Marine Mammal Center, Georgia Aquarium, Denver Zoo and the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program.But for her first full-time veterinary job, Greene has come home. The Dartmouth native and graduate of Friends and Tabor academies is the new veterinarian at Buttonwood Park […]


June 24, 2016

Bobcats named: Max and Mayzie by a landslide

NEW BEDFORD — And the winner is? (Drum roll please) Max and Mayzie. The names for the brother and sister, 10-week-old bobcats — the newest residents of the Buttonwood Park Zoo — were chosen Thursday evening from four sets of names submitted by staff at two “members only” showings at the Zoo, according to Paula Montgomery, a spokeswoman, And […]


June 7, 2016

Pair of bobcats from California find a new home at city’s Buttonwood Park Zoo

NEW BEDFORD — They are curious, playful and as cute as kittens. Orphaned in the wild in Southern California and deemed non-releasable back to the wild, two 10-week-old bobcats, a brother and sister, are the newest members of the city’s Buttonwood Park Zoo.The zoo has a “long history of working with injured and orphaned wildlife and […]


May 23, 2016

Business Newsmaker: Montgomery named Director of Community Engagement

Paula Montgomery joins the staff at the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society as Director of Community Engagement, Society Board President Marion Wainer announced today. Keith Lovett, Director of Buttonwood Park Zoo shared that “the addition of a talented professional of Paula’s caliber will enhance the zoo’s community presence and outreach.” Montgomery most recently served as the Campaign […]


May 23, 2016

Jane Goodall visit to UMD aims to deepen students’ roots in environmentalism

DARTMOUTH — Internationally recognized conservationist and animal behavior expert Jane Goodall believes that the solutions to world challenges are rooted in young people’s ideas and energy.She will bring her message of caring for the human and animal community Thursday to UMass Dartmouth where she will speak at 7 p.m. at the Tripp Athletic Center. A book […]


January 15, 2016

Christmas trees serve as treats for curious animals at Buttonwood Park Zoo

NEW BEDFORD — Unlike children, who look for their goodies under the Christmas tree, animals at Buttonwood Park Zoo find their treats in the trees themselves.Unsold Christmas trees were donated to the zoo this week by Conwell Enterprises, a building supply company based in Provincetown.  Trees that might have been thrown away or ended up in […]


January 12, 2016

Dartmouth Middle School takes steps to a smaller carbon footprint

On Thursday, Dec. 3, seventh graders from Dartmouth Middle School took a field trip to Buttonwood park Zoo in New Bedford to learn about climate change. Source: Dartmouth Middle School takes steps to a smaller carbon footprint


November 19, 2015

Artwork by Buttonwood Park Zoo’s star painters available for online bidding

NEW BEDFORD — Blue is no starving artist.A bucket of treats stands close by as the Atlantic harbor seal takes a paint-dipped brush from his trainer and eagerly swipes vertical motions on a blank canvas.“Blue is our star painter,’’ said Lindsey Audunson, zoological programs coordinator.The resulting creation earns Blue a food reward and earns the zoo another […]


October 20, 2015

New coyote the latest addition to zoo’s animal ambassador program

Molly, a five-month-old pup, has joined Cody, 18 months old, in the coyote exhibit at Buttonwood Park Zoo. Molly’s journey to New Bedford began on a back road in Texas, where her mother was struck and killed by a vehicle. A wildlife rehabilitator drove by the dead female and noticed she was pregnant. The rehabilitator […]