Buttonwood Park Zoo to offer activities for holiday season

Bpzoo Asian Elephant, Emily, Participating In An Enrichment Activity With Zoo Keepers
Bpzoo Asian Elephant, Emily, Participating In An Enrichment Activity With Zoo Keepers

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – The Buttonwood Park Zoo (BPZOO) is offering a number of events to celebrate the holidays, thanks to a grant from Southeastern Massachusetts Visitors Bureau to the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society.

“Typically at this time of year, the Zoo hosts a variety of holiday events,” BPZOO Director Keith Lovett said. “While we knew we would not be able to invite the community to have breakfast with Santa, or celebrate ‘Noon’ Year’s Eve this year, we wanted to make the grounds festive for our winter guests. We appreciate the opportunity presented by the Southeastern Massachusetts Visitors Bureau and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism to help the Zoological Society make the Zoo warm and inviting during these colder winter months.”

Guests can expect festive decorations at the entrance, leading the way to a themed photo-op area on the campus.

BPZOO is set to continue its annual online “Art Gone Wild” auction from now until December 15th.

The auction showcases 54 original paintings created by resident animals – including the painting debut of Kodo, a red panda cub born at BPZOO this past June; Sandy, a Hoffman’s two-toed sloth; and BPZOO’s family of bearded emperor tamarins.

Additionally, BPZOO is offering the “Buttonwood Break Box” as a safe way to entertain children ages 5-10 and bring the zoo’s education programs home.

Thumbnail Bpzoo Harbor Seal, Blue, Creating A Work Of Art For The 2020 Art Gone Wild Online Auction (1)

Bpzoo Harbor Seal, Blue, Creating A Work Of Art For The 2020 Art Gone Wild Online Auction

Each box includes fun activities with step by step instructions and a complete set of supplies.

Proceeds from “Art Gone Wild” and “Buttonwood Break Boxes” support the education and conservation work of the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society.

“Winter is a great time to visit the Zoo,” said Lovett. “Many of our cold weather loving species, such as red pandas, become more active this time of year.”

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