Zoo Events

 

 

  June 3 — Early closing
The Zoo closes at 3 p.m. today as we prepare for our signature fundraiser.  Last ticket will be sold at 2 p.m.

June 3 — Wild Wine, Beer, and Food Safari (6 pm – 9 pm)
Save the date for Bridgeport’s largest food, wine, and beer festival! Check here for details. This event always sells out, so get your tickets now!

June 13 & 14 — Zoo Tots (10:30 am)
A 45-minute program for children 22 months to 4 years (accompanied by an adult) that includes a short activity, live animals and a simple craft. Enjoy a different theme each month. This session is “What Am I”?” Cost is $10 for a member and child, and $15 for non members. Register for either day by email to programming@beardsleyzoo.org, or call 203-394-6563. Please note that note that space is limited and the program fills quickly.

June 18 (9 – 4) — Father’s Day
Dads and Granddads are free today with minimum one paying guest.  Cannot be combined with other offers.

June 21 (7 pm) — Evening Lecture Series: The Bear Reality
The Zoo’s evening lecture series engages audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. This month’s topic: The Bear Reality. Bears around the world are facing a growing number of threats: encroachment and loss of habitat, illegal hunting and poaching, and a misunderstood fear. Through outreach and education, these magnificent creatures will become better understood and a strategy of coexistence with humans will become a reality. $10 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: The Zoo’s Hanson Building, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport.

June 22 – 25 (10 and 2) — Amazing Animal Adventures
Every Thursday through Sunday this summer, come experience an Amazing Animal Adventure, beginning June 22. See animal ambassadors from around the world! Learn how zoos Save Animals From Extinction and how you can help to save animals around the world and in your own backyard. Held in the Learning Circle amphitheater. All show times and locations subject to change.

June 22 – 25 (noon) — Picnic Presentations
Every Thursday through Sunday this summer, enjoy a live animal presentation beginning June 22. Meet select Zoo animal ambassadors and their expert caregivers in the Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion Picnic Grove. All show times and locations subject to change.

June 23 (9 – 4) — AARP Free Friday
If you’re an AARP cardholder, show your card or invitation and you get free admission to the Zoo! Up to three additional guests will receive a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Plus, AARP members receive 20% off one gift shop item.

June 24 (9 – 4) — Milford Day
Admission for Milford residents is only $5.00 per person with ID. Spend the day at the zoo seeing all the new faces, riding the carousel and enjoying the entertainment. Meet and greet local officials as well as business and civic leaders, your friends and your neighbors.

June 29 (11 – 1) — Lynx Kittens Gender Reveal
Join us Thursday, June 29th in front of the Lynx exhibit for our Gender Reveal! Featuring tasty treats donated by Alina’s Cakes of Fairfield. Don’t miss our male Lynx, Sasquatch, reveal the gender of his kittens with a special enrichment activity. Be Sure To “Pick Your Side!” — Take part in our gender reveal by making a donation at the Front Gate Thursday. Donate $5 and choose your ‘Team Girl’ or ‘Team Boy’ bracelet. Donate $10 and choose your ‘Team Pink’ or ‘Team Blue’ sunglasses while supplies last.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Thursday through Sunday (10 and 2) — Amazing Animal Adventures
Every Thursday through Sunday this summer, enjoy a live animal presentation beginning June 22. Meet select Zoo animal ambassadors and their expert caregivers in the Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion Picnic Grove. All show times and locations subject to change.

Every Thursday through Sunday (noon) — Picnic Presentations
Every Thursday through Sunday this summer, enjoy a live animal presentation beginning June 22. Meet select Zoo animal ambassadors and their expert caregivers in the Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion Picnic Grove. All show times and locations subject to change.

July 3-7 — Zoo Patrol, Week 1
This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 6-8 the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on lab activities and nature studies may also be part of the program. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $140/child for Zoo members and $165/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

July 4 (9-4) — Red, White, and Blue Scavenger Hunt
Join us as we celebrate Independence Day with an educational/natural history talk, Animal Bytes at the Bald Eagle exhibit, and a scavenger hunt featuring the Zoo’s naturally red, white or blue animals, including Snowy owls, Red panda, Blue Poison Dart frogs, and more.

July 10-14 — Zoo Patrol, Week 2
This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 6-8 the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on lab activities and nature studies may also be part of the program. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $140/child for Zoo members and $165/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

July 16-27 — National Zookeeper Week
Join us for “Keeper Days” on Tuesday, July 18; Wednesday, July 19; and Thursday, July 20. Get to know some of the extraordinary zookeepers who care for our animals. Meet different keepers each day in front of their exhibits, ready to answer all of your questions —- everything from what foods an animal eats to enrichment activities and even what happens when an animal gets sick or has to see the dentist. Find out more about being a zookeeper, and the dedication each keeper brings to the job of keeping our animals healthy and happy.

July 17-21 — Zoo Patrol, Week 3
This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 6-8 the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on lab activities and nature studies may also be part of the program. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $140/child for Zoo members and $165/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

July 19 (7 pm) — Evening Lecture Series: Discovering New Species
The Zoo’s evening lecture series engages audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. This month’s topic is Discovering New Species. $10 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: The Zoo’s Hanson Building, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport.

July 24-28 — Zoo Patrol, Week 4
This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 6-8 the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on lab activities and nature studies may also be part of the program. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $140/child for Zoo members and $165/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

July 25 (9 – 4) — Merry-Go-Round Day
It’s a great day to come take a spin on our Carousel, and celebrate its glorious history!

July 28 (9 – 4) AARP Free Day
If you’re an AARP cardholder, show your card or invitation and you get free admission to the Zoo! Up to three additional guests will receive a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Plus AARP members receive 20% off one gift shop item.

July 29 – August 6, (11 am, 1 and 3 pm) –Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVE
Chris is famous for getting everyone involved through singing and dancing—even bringing kids up on stage with him! Rowlands brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets, and colorful props. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along on stage as he shares his self-penned songs about animals and their environment. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Shown at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm. daily. Each performance is 30-35 minutes long. Sponsored by the CT Farm Bureau.

July 31-August 4 — Zoo Patrol, Week 5
This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 6-8 the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on lab activities and nature studies may also be part of the program. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $140/child for Zoo members and $165/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

Every Thursday through Sunday (10 and 2) — Amazing Animal Adventures
Every Thursday through Sunday this summer, enjoy a live animal presentation beginning June 22. Meet select Zoo animal ambassadors and their expert caregivers in the Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion Picnic Grove. All show times and locations subject to change.

Every Thursday through Sunday (noon) — Picnic Presentations
Every Thursday through Sunday this summer, enjoy a live animal presentation beginning June 22. Meet select Zoo animal ambassadors and their expert caregivers in the Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion Picnic Grove. All show times and locations subject to change.

Aug. 7-11 — Zoo Patrol, Week 6
This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 6-8 the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on lab activities and nature studies may also be part of the program. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $140/child for Zoo members and $165/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

Aug. 14-18 — Zoo Patrol, Week 7
This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 6-8 the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on lab activities and nature studies may also be part of the program. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $140/child for Zoo members and $165/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

Aug. 16 (7 pm) — Evening Lecture Series: A Talk on Otter Talk
The Zoo’s evening lecture series engages audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. In this month’s lecture, Sarah Walkley, a graduate student studying animal behavior and communication, will present Vocalizations of North American River Otters (Lontra canadensis) in Two Captive Populations. This exploratory study uses video and audio recordings of two populations of river otters in human care to broaden the known vocal repertoire of river otters in various social contexts. Participating otters were a non-mating male/female pair at Stamford Museum and Nature Center and two adult males at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk. $10 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: The Zoo’s Hanson Building, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport.

Aug. 25 (9 – 4) — AARP Free Friday
If you’re an AARP cardholder, show your card or invitation and you get free admission to the Zoo! Up to three additional guests will receive a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Plus AARP members receive 20% off one gift shop item.

Aug. 26 (noon to 3) — Teddy Bear Fest
Bring your favorite teddy bear friend to the Zoo! This “beary” fun day will feature children’s crafts and storytelling focusing on Bear Awareness and the facts about real bears. FREE admission for children under age 12 who bring their teddy bear to the “Teddy Bear Clinic” and are accompanied by a paying adult.