September 23, 2016

Buttonwood Park Zoo elephants provide unforgettable art lesson for fifth-graders

NEW BEDFORD — Elephants pack creative talents in their trunks.Fifth-grade students at Our Sisters School experienced that firsthand Thursday morning when they watched Emily and Ruth, the two Asian elephants at Buttonwood Park Zoo, use their trunks to create artwork.They cheered as the elephants grabbed brushes filled with non-toxic paint and used their trunks to guide […]


September 11, 2016

BookLovers: September/October Brings Authors to SouthCoast

Mark your calendars — or your calendar apps — BookLovers, because September and October are jam-packed with author events in SouthCoast. And I’m not blanketing this entire time period under “fall,” because fall doesn’t start until Sept. 22, and I don’t give up summer until the very last second, when Mother Nature yanks it from me […]


September 7, 2016

Your View: Animals and staff cooperate at Buttonwood Zoo

“Hit the ground running” describes my first few months as the Buttonwood Park Zoo staff veterinarian. It has been a whirlwind adventure in which I have experienced the full range of emotions. I have started to cultivate strong relationships with my colleagues, with the animals, and with the community. In the process, I have learned […]


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