Have you heard the great news? The Zoo and the City have put together a plan to enhance the Asian Elephant Habitat. This funding will allow the zoo to approximately triple its current elephant habitat space, enhance the elephant barn, install more safety features, provide access to outdoor heated areas, provide better opportunity to educate zoo guests on the conservation of elephants, and create an overall more stimulating environment for New Bedford’s favorite residents, Emily and Ruth.
Some residents have raised concern that the enhanced habitat will involve expansion into Buttonwood Park. All enhancements, including increasing the size of the elephant habitat, will occur within the current footprint of the zoo and will not involve any additional park space.
The Buttonwood Park Zoo prides itself on providing the highest quality of care to every animal residing at the zoo, including Emily and Ruth. A recent inspection by elephant experts from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums noted how well the zoo cares for its elephant and that the elephants were in apparent very good health despite their advanced age. The enhancement of the elephant habitat at the zoo will allow us to provide even better care for Emily and Ruth in their golden years.
Please feel free to let the New Bedford City Council know that you support the zoo’s efforts to enhance the habitat for Emily and Ruth.
Please click the link to an article featured in today’s Standard Times for more information:
Director of Zoological Services
Buttonwood Park Zoo