May 23, 2014

Zoo Announces Birth of Two North American River Otter Pups

Buttonwood Park Zoo Announces Birth of Two North American River Otter Pups New Bedford, MA (May 23, 2014) – The Buttonwood Park Zoo is proud to announce the birth of two North American river otter pups born to first time mother, Dani, on March 19, 2014. Dani, 3 years old, arrived at the Buttonwood Park […]


April 23, 2014

Support Your Zoo Director

The following piece appeared in the Standard Times on April 23, 2014 and can be read on   Support Your Zoo Director By Shara Crook Shara Crook is the curator of the Buttonwood Park Zoo and lifelong resident of New Bedford. By now, many are aware of the campaign that has been directed at our […]


April 9, 2014

Zoo Director Responds to Claims by Animal Activists

Good Decisions on Elephants Require More Than Good Intentions By Keith Lovett, Zoo Director of the Buttonwood Park Zoo A well-meaning but misinformed group known as Friends of Ruth and Emily has made it its mission to raise questions about the Buttonwood Park Zoo’s Asian elephant program. It has demanded and received thousands of pages of […]


March 31, 2014

AZA Grants Accreditation to the Buttonwood Park Zoo

The Buttonwood Park Zoo is proud to announce  its accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums!   The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the Buttonwood Park Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. Only zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards are accredited by the Association of […]


March 30, 2014

Doing What’s Right For Our Elephants

Doing What’s Right For Our Elephants Keith Lovett, Director of Buttonwood Park Zoo The Buttonwood Park Zoo’s Asian elephant program has made a lot of headlines recently. In an incident this January two keepers failed to properly padlock a door, resulting in Ruth, our 55 year-old elephant, being exposed during a winter storm. Ruth’s exposure […]


March 18, 2014

Mother Goose at the Zoo

Mother Goose at the Zoo Fridays, March 21 & 28, April 4 & 11 at 10:30am Cost: Free with Zoo admission Gather your goslings and fly on over for our new Mother Goose at the Zoo program. Join our gaggle for rhymes, songs, and meeting new friends. Great for children under age 3.


March 17, 2014

Easter EggZOOberance

Easter EggZOOberance Saturday, April 12 at 9am and 11am Sunday, April 13 at 9am and 11am Saturday, April 19 at 9am and 11am Cost: Zoo Members: $20/person; Non-members: $25/person; Children under one are free Hop over to the Buttonwood Park Zoo to meet the Easter Bunny! Enjoy an egg-cellent continental breakfast, meet and greet with […]


March 5, 2014

March 29: Big Ryan’s Tall Tales

Big Ryan’s Tall Tales Saturday, March 29 at 11:00am Cost: $5 family plus zoo admission One of our favorite storytellers returns at the end of March for a round of tall tales. Big Ryan’s Tall Tales offers families with young children wildly fun stories with puppets and more! Find out more about Big Ryan’s Tall […]


February 22, 2014

March 11: Bear Cub Club

Bear Cub Club Tuesdays, March 11 – April 15 from 10:30am-12:00pm Zoo members: $65/child, additional siblings under 5: $30/child Non-members: $95/child, additional siblings under 5: $45/child Does your 2 or 3-year-old love the Zoo? Sign them up to be part of our club-the Bear Cub Club! Learn more about animals, sing songs, create crafts, listen […]


February 21, 2014

March 1: FrogWatch

FrogWatch Trainings Saturdays, March 1 and 8 from 1-3pm Local frogs need your help! Amphibian populations are declining worldwide so it’s important for to learn as much as we can about these animals. Here’s how you can help! Join the Buttonwood Park Zoo’s FrogWatch Chapter! FrogWatch USA is a nationwide frog and toad monitoring program. […]