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Greg Desrosiers/TSM

New Bedford Teachers Welcomed By Local Community Organizations

The Buttonwood Park Zoo was filled with more than just animals Tuesday evening.

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Host families waiting for their Fresh Air Fund children to come off their bus.
Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Host families waiting for their Fresh Air Fund children to come off their bus.

Inner-City Kids Get Some Fresh Air

A few dozen youngsters from New York City will be calling the SouthCoast home for the next two weeks.

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Photo from Ocean Explorium
Photo from Ocean Explorium

Ocean Explorium, Zoological Society to Study Potential Merger

The Ocean Explorium and Buttonwood Park Zoological Society could eventually merge. The two organizations announced yesterday that they would launch a study into whether its feasible to bring the Explorium's programs into the zoo's operations

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Otter pups
Larissa Correia/Buttonwood Park Zoo

Zoo’s Youngest New Arrivals Are Otterly Adorable

The excitement of showing off your newborn never gets old, and the same feeling of elation will greet Buttonwood Park Zoo's youngest residents, two North American river otter pups, on Tuesday morning, June 24.

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Phil Paleologos reaches into Emily the Elephant's mouth
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Have You Ever Scratched An Elephant’s Tongue? [VIDEO]

There's an old Persian saying, "By a sweet tongue and kindness, you can drag an elephant with a hair." Guessing that's true, I began our zoo visit with the tongue part of that proverb, by scratching Emily the Elephant's tongue.

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Asian Elephants
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Asian Elephants Emily And Ruth Will Not Be Sent Away [AUDIO]

About 30 years ago, my then 4-year-old daughter, Andrea, was upset that our zoo had to send Emily the Elephant away because of poor housing conditions. It didn't take long to find other like-minded people who wanted to build Emily a new home and get her back.

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TSM - Seal at the Buttonwood Park Zoo
TSM - Seal at the Buttonwood Park Zoo

Buttonwood Park Zoo Re-Accredited

 

The Buttonwood Park Zoo has been re-accredited for another five years. The announcement was made this week by the National Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

Zoo Director Keith Lovett tells WBSM's Mid-Day Llive, the zoo got high marks  following an intense inspection...

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Sandy The Seal - Facebook
Sandy The Seal - Facebook

Sandy the Seal Passes Away

The Buttonwood Park Zoo has lost a member of it's animal family. Sandy the seal was put down after suffering from liver disease for several months.

Zoo staff members had been providing treatments to the male Atlantic harbor seal to try and improve his health and assist in pain relief for the animal

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lehcar1477, Flickr
lehcar1477, Flickr

Elephant’s Habitat Included In City’s Capitol Plan

 

The City of New Bedford's five year plan to spend $43 million on repairs to city buildings includes upgrading the home of elephants Ruth and Emily at the Buttonwood Park Zoo. 

Mayor Jon Mitchell announced details of the plan on Friday.  I

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lehcar1477, Flickr
lehcar1477, Flickr

New Bedford Elephants Could Appear on 2014 Ballot

It's an ongoing debate. Should elephants Emily and Ruth remain at the Buttonwood Park Zoo, or live out the rest of their lives at an out-of-state elephant sanctuary?

Local resident Joyce Rowley has started a campaign collecting signatures to get the question on next year's ballot

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