It's hard not to feel a little drained this time of year as we brave the last bits of winter and look forward to sunny skies and warmer temperatures in the near future. If you're looking for the perfect way to snap yourself out of the winter blues, you can do just that and help out a great cause at New Bedford's Buttonwood Park Zoo later this month.

The zoo is inviting the public to get involved in this year's Spring Cleanup Week March 22 through 26. With daytime and after-school shifts, there's a way for people on the SouthCoast – of all ages and with all schedules – to get involved.

Sign up for either the 10 a.m. to noon timeslot or the 2:30 to 5 p.m timeslot to give back to a SouthCoast staple and help the zoo get ready for a warm-weather season full of fun.

If you'd like to get involved with the Buttonwood Park Zoo's Spring Cleanup Week and have any questions, email Heather Potter at or find more details online through the zoo's sign up page.

The Buttonwood Park Zoo is looking forward to debuting three new species to the public in the upcoming spring season: the Panamanian golden frog, the southern screamer, and Ma's night monkeys. Check out photos of the new additions before you catch them in person later this year.

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