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Buttonwood Park Zoo: No more elephants after Emily and Ruth

2013-06-15 - New Bedford, United States.

Emily and Ruth, Buttonwood Park Zoo’s beloved elephants, are staying put permanently but they will be the last of their kind to live in the West End wildlife park, Director of Zoo­logicial Services Keith Lovett said. “Truthfully, we’re struggling to find a facility out there that could provide better care for Ruth and Emily (than us),” Lovett told The Standard-Times editorial board Friday morning.


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Ruth. Buttonwood Zoo 12/2008. Photo: © Kristy Kaeterle

Letter: Buttonwood"s elephants are already in sanctuary

2012-01-06 - New Bedford, United States.

A well-meaning animal rights activist from out of state, Deborah Robinson, and her organization, have had at least four, if not more, letters published in this paper suggesting that our elephants, Emily and Ruth, be sent to a sanctuary. To my knowledge, Ms. Robinson has never visited our zoo nor met Emily and Ruth. We, obviously, work with these animals every day.


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New Bedford zoo unveils expansion plan

2010-09-26 - New Bedford, United States.

New Bedford´s Buttonwood Park Zoo wants to expand, bring in new animals and become more self sufficient. Zoo management says their $12 million draft master plan unveiled this week would add four acres, making room for a third elephant, and exhibits featuring tigers, monkeys and red pandas. Director William Langbauer tells The Standard Times that expansion could boost attendance by 33 percent a year, and help make the zoo two-thirds self-sufficient.


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Buttonwood Park Zoo"s master plan would maintain vital accreditation

2010-07-11 - New Bedford, United States. CHARIS ANDERSON

Zoo officials are proposing a multimillion-dollar renovation to upgrade the elephant exhibit and add new Asian-themed exhibits at the Buttonwood Park Zoo, improvements that officials said are needed to maintain the zoo´s accreditation and long-term viability.


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Former Benson"s elephant draws fans at Mass. zoo

2009-10-25 - New Bedford, United States.

Elephants never forget anything – including where to find your wallet. Those who work at Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Mass., know to keep an eye on their pockets when they're around Ruth, a 7,200-pound Asian elephant that has a very tricky trunk. On Friday, elephant keepers Tina DeMedeiros and Shelley Avila recalled when Ruth snuck $20 from a visitor awhile back. Luckily, they were able to retrieve some of it – but in truth, Ruth still owes some guy $15. “She likes to be the center ...


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Dr. Bill Langbauer on everything elephant

2009-09-20 - New Bedford, United States.

You may have seen the story recently about a 48-year-old elephant in Thailand named Motala who lost part of her leg ten years ago to a landmine. She has just become the second elephant in the world fitted with an artificial leg to help her walk. To learn more about her and all things elephant, we're lucky to have on Dr. Bill Langbauer a man who really knows these creatures. He studied African elephants in the wild for many years and now as the director of the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford M...


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Dr. William Langbauer, new director of the Buttonwood Park Zoo, will talk about his elephant research at a free program Tuesday evening.

New zoo director to give talk

2008-04-26 - New Bedford, United States.

Buttonwood Park Zoo invites the public to meet the zoo's new director, Dr. William Langbauer, during a wine and cheese reception on Tuesday. As the first presenter in the zoo's "Creatures Great and Small" spring lecture series, Dr. Langbauer will entertain with stories from Africa as he recounts his research among elephants — captive and wild, sober and drunken. Dr. Langbauer is one of three researchers who discovered that elephants make sounds that humans can't hear (infrasound), which has ma...


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Buttonwood Park Zoo elephant Emily paints an original canvas with the help of zookeeper Shelley Avila. Meet the elephants up close and raise money to win a piece of elephant artwork Sunday.

Buttonwood Park Zoo fundraiser Sunday to aid elephants worldwide

2007-09-20 - New Bedford, United States. Pamela Marean

Find out what its like to have a curious elephant reach out to touch you with its powerful trunk. Get up close and personal with New Bedfords resident pachyderms, Emily and Ruth, and help the giant and gentle creatures of their kind around the globe at the same time. Elephant appreciation and fundraising is the focus behind a whole host of exciting activities at Buttonwood Park Zoo on Sunday. Those who come will enjoy behind-the-scenes experiences with these unique endangered animals that are us...


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Admirers flock around Emily at Elephant Appreciation Day at the Buttonwood Park Zoo. Emily and Ruth will greet arriving patrons at the Rock

Buttonwood Zoo will Rockn Roar

2007-08-09 - New Bedford, United States. Lauren Daley

Attention art lovers: the latest Ruth and Emily originals will be released this weekend, and that new artist, Sally, is making her debut. That's Ruth and Emily the elephants and Sally the otter, of course. But the animals paintings are just a few of the items to be auctioned off at the Buttonwood Park Zoos eighth annual fundraiser, the Rock n Roar Gala, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. You'll even be greeted at the door by Ruth and Emily themselves.


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9 Headlines about Elephants from New Bedford2013-06-15 - New Bedford, United States - Buttonwood Park Zoo: No more elephants after Emily and Ruth 2012-01-06 - New Bedford, United States - Letter: Buttonwood"s elephants are already in sanctuary 2010-09-26 - New Bedford, United States - New Bedford zoo unveils expansion plan 2010-07-11 - New Bedford, United States - Buttonwood Park Zoo"s master plan would maintain vital accreditation 2009-10-25 - New Bedford, United States - Former Benson"s elephant draws fans at Mass. zoo 2009-09-20 - New Bedford, United States - Dr. Bill Langbauer on everything elephant 2008-04-26 - New Bedford, United States - New zoo director to give talk 2007-09-20 - New Bedford, United States - Buttonwood Park Zoo fundraiser Sunday to aid elephants worldwide 2007-08-09 - New Bedford, United States - Buttonwood Zoo will Rockn Roar

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