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 […]


September 15, 2015

Wildly different: Behind the scenes at the Buttonwood Park Zoo

NEW BEDFORD — Tablecloths make unusual fashion statements, particularly when worn by a 51-year-old Asian elephant.On her morning walk through the Buttonwood Park Zoo Wednesday alongside her keeper, Emily has tossed a random tablecloth from a table outside the cafeteria over her head, creating a makeshift head covering that makes zoo curator Shara Crook chuckle.“Oh […]


August 12, 2015

Independent Panel of Elephant Experts Gives Buttonwood Park Zoo’s Elephant Care Program a Favorable Review

City of New Bedford Office of the Mayor Contact: Elizabeth Treadup Pio (508) 979-1410   Date: August 12, 2015 For Immediate Release P R E S S   R E L E A S E Independent Panel of Elephant Experts Gives Buttonwood Park Zoo’s Elephant Care Program a Favorable Review   Report Affirms Buttonwood Park […]


June 7, 2015

Dreamnight magical for children, parents at Buttonwood Park Zoo

NEW BEDFORD — The night was magical, complete with princesses enchanting visitors and castles sprouting everywhere, including the bear and goat enclosures.Because this was a zoo, the castles were made of cardboard and did not house royalty but instead served as impromptu snacks for the goats and play toys for the bears.The magical atmosphere fit […]


June 2, 2015

Red fox, orphaned in crash, pounces back at Buttonwood Park Zoo

NEW BEDFORD — Staff members at Buttonwood Park Zoo hope Piper, a lively 9-week-old red fox, will pounce on people’s hearts. Her story could easily have ended in heartbreak. Piper’s mother was carrying her in her mouth when she was struck and killed by a car in an area community. A concerned resident took in the […]