August 24, 2016

Our View: Buttonwood Zoo shines, despite criticism

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, […]


August 19, 2016

Buttonwood Park Zoo exhibits based on Ocean Explorium to start Thursday

Local folks who enjoyed the downtown Ocean Explorium will soon be able to see new exhibits at Buttonwood Park Zoo based on some of those same features.On Thursday, the zoo will unveil five new exhibits “developed, in part, by recycling several of the aquarium tanks and life support system equipment from the former Ocean Explorium.”Among […]


August 19, 2016

Your View: Education grows at Buttonwood Park Zoo

I fully appreciate the Buttonwood Park Zoo’s mission statement, because I am a life-long learner and explorer of the natural world. That began as a child spending countless hours in a natural history museum, a local nature center, and woods near my house. Because of family members and teachers who opened my eyes to nature […]


August 15, 2016

Bear of a surgery: Buttonwood Park Zoo’s Ursula has tooth pulled

NEW BEDFORD — It was a bear of a task but it had to be done.Intubated with monitors beeping and her tongue lolling out, Ursula lay anesthetized, her furry chest heaving as she underwent tooth surgery Friday.It’s not too different from a root canal you would have, staffers said, except that Ursula is one of […]


August 11, 2016

‘Smooth Sailing into Kindergarten’: Incoming kindergarten students get a special welcome

NEW BEDFORD — City school officials want to make sure the new class of little ones enjoys “Smooth Sailing into Kindergarten.”One of their tools: a special welcome event held last week at the Buttonwood Park Zoo.New kindergarten students entering New Bedford Public Schools this fall were invited Aug. 4 to “join their soon-to-be classmates, school […]


August 8, 2016

Ruth recovering after tough fight with gastrointestinal blockage

NEW BEDFORD — To the relief and delight of the Buttonwood Park Zoo staff, Ruth, the 58-year-old Asian elephant, has made a strong recovery from a life-threatening gastrointestinal blockage.“She’s pretty close to being back to normal,’’ said Keith Lovett, zoo director. “She’s doing better.’’On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, Ruth walked through her enclosure, playing with a […]


August 1, 2016

Buttonwood Park Zoo and New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Collaborate on Education Program

Buttonwood Park Zoo and New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Collaborate on Education Program   Buttonwood Park Zoo – Symphony – AZA Connect Magazine July2016


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 […]