The Buttonwood Park Zoo is about 2 miles from downtown New Bedford, and features over 250 animals and 30 exhibits. There are elephants, mountain lions, bears, eagles, seals, otters, farm animals, as well as a scenic bison exhibit. There is also a newly renovated “Berkshires to the Sea” exhibit, with indigenous nature and wildlife from the Berkshires to Buzzards Bay.
In addition to its dedication to excellent animal care and well-maintained exhibits, is also highly involved with conservation efforts, supported by the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society. The Zoological Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational programs on conservation and environmental sustainability for families and the community.
The Buttonwood Park Zoo offers many educational and recreational programs throughout the year for the community and especially children, such as Boo at the Zoo, Holiday Zoobilee, Wild Winter Week, Spring Vacation Week, and a variety of other events. Depending on the weather, there is also a wildlife carousel and zoo train. Families with young children can also see the Toe Jam Puppet Band perform on Mondays at 10:30 am or 12:30 pm. For more information on these programs and attractions, consult the zoo website at www.bpzoo.org.
Inside the zoo, visitors can eat at the Bear’s Den Café, which has a full lunch and snack menu, as well as a 1,200 sq. foot mural and a view of Buttonwood Brook for visitors to enjoy.
Remember that in warmer weather, animals are more active in the morning, so get to the zoo early!