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Address: 425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone Number: (508) 991-4556
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nice little zoo

I enjoyed my walk through the Buttonwood Zoo. Didn't see any evidence of mistreatment of the elephants as some reviews suggest, I also notice, for whats its worth, that the 5... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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markus2229
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I enjoyed my walk through the Buttonwood Zoo. Didn't see any evidence of mistreatment of the elephants as some reviews suggest, I also notice, for whats its worth, that the 5 negative reviews on here regard the elephants exclusively and are from people who have only done 1 -2 reviews on this. Make of that what you will. Not saying... More 

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Lakeville, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

just big enough to enjoy a few hours of strolling and walking through. very relaxing and very affordable.great selection of animals and very clean. great visit for famlies,we will be back this year,

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New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

beautiful park with lots to do....most of us grew up with these animals it is well kept low cost and short distance...don't confuse this with the other larger zoos but it does have a charm of its own and it belongs to us...

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Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Nothing very interesting or exciting here. They talk all the time about expanding while they can't really take care of the property they have now.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Small and very affordable. Obviously well loved by it's community. Great variety of animals. They were in full Halloween glory with Zoo Boo. Very family and children oriented. The elephants were wonderful. They obviously love their keepers. They follow around their keepers like puppies!

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The zoo was very tiny, but we did an elephant encounter where you get to go behind the normal fence and interact with the elephants and there keepers really cool, totally worth the extra money !!!

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Washington, DC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Surprisingly wonderful zoo in the middle of Buttonwood Park. My son loved the animal themed carousel almost as much as the animals themselves. Exhibits are well done with a large variety of species. Very affordable and was a great way to spend an afternoon.

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South Coast, MA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My father is an amateur zoologist, so I grew up visiting different zoos across the country throughout my childhood. It is still a favorite pastime! While the Buttonwood Park zoo is small, it is a fun visit with children. In addition to otters, seals, and beavers, a visitor will see a Lynx, Bobcat, Cougar, American Eagle, Black Bears, reptiles and... More 

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Massachusetts
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

They still use bull hooks on poor Ruth, elderly elephant to make her walk faster, as was videotaped. There is an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee that has offered to take her. It's warm and she won't be subjected to anymore harsh New England weather. She got frostbite last winter. The elephant enclosure is inadequate. ALSO, the lynx spends every waking... More 

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Very disturbing elephant exhibit. The fact that this zoo has been offered to retire their two senior elephants to a 2,500 acre professional elephant sanctuary and they turned it down, shows that they only care about $$. Ruth their eldest elephant was left outside in a blizzard in Jan 2014 resulting is severe frostbite and hypothermia. Emily and Ruth do... More 

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