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Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford

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The Buttonwood Park Zoo, located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States, is a seven-acre zoo located in the center of Buttonwood Park. It is owned and operated by the City of New Bedford, with the support of the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society.

The zoo opened in 1894 as a deer park and menagerie. In 1995 it was in deplorable condition and closed in 1998. It reopened in 2000 after major renovations. It is home to a variety of North American wildlife and it supports many conservation programs, such as the Cape Cod Stranding Network.

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  • I was appalled by the living condition of the 2 elephants and their health deterioration. 60 years of captivity and misery because the zoo makes a profit and refuses to do the compassionate thing and....  more »
  • Receptionist if the front was very rude. I was concerned about the welfare of one of the animals at the zoo and she kind of blew me off. I thought these people were supposed to care for animals but....  more »
  • We visited as part of Free Fun Friday. What a pleasant surprise! It isn't a large place and I had prepared myself for a huge crowd. The way it is designed the crowd was spread out and seemed much smaller than it was. There were a number of interesting animals. My favorite was the elephants. We spent a few minutes chatting with one of the keepers and learned quite a bit. There are a good number of tables around to have your picnic lunch.
  • Small but quaint; reasonably priced. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff and keepers. Great for the kids; they can even hop aboard the small train that encircles the zoo!
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