October 21, 2021

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Newbie get exclusive tour of New Bedford’s Buttonwood Park Zoo

Ever since starting my Newbie adventures, one place that I eagerly wanted to visit has been the Buttonwood Park Zoo. I had never visited this fun attraction nor had any clue what was inside this mysterious spot. In fact, a few non-New Bedford locals made this attraction out to be nothing more than a petting zoo. (I’m happy to report that this was far from the the case.)

Finally, with the help of development and marketing officer Sarah Henry, I got the exclusive private tour with Assistant Director Shara Rapoza, who has been at the zoo for 26 years, starting as a high school seasonal laborer.

Buckle up for another wild adventure!

The Buttonwood Park Zoo.

127th anniversary of Buttonwood Park Zoo

Celebrating its 127th anniversary, the Buttonwood Park Zoo has been a staple in the New Bedford community. In 1996, The 12th oldest zoo in America closed down for four years to undergo a $10 million renovation. In 2003, the zoo became nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, cited as “One of the finest small zoos in the United States.”