Zoo Events

April 26 (6:30 pm) — Evening Lecture Series: What’s New at the Zoo?
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: What’s New at the Zoo? Come learn the answers to questions including: Will we hear the pitter patter of baby Amur Leopards in the future? How has the family dynamic of our Giant Anteaters changed with their new addition? What goes on underground in the Prairie Dog tunnels? Also, Fairfield University students will present their findings on behavioral research projects they are participating in at the Zoo. Learn about their research! $10 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: DiMenna-Nyselius Library Auditorium Room 101, Fairfield University, 1073 N. Benson Road, Fairfield.

May 4 (9 – 4) — International Firefighter’s Day
As a thank you to our public servants, all police, fire, and emergency personnel receive free admission with a badge or ID card.

May 6 (10 – 3:30) — Cheetah Conservation Fund expert
Come hear conservation expert Brian Badger, from the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), in our Research Station. The Cheetah Conservation Fund, the world’s leading organization dedicated to saving cheetahs in the wild, has developed programs that address threats to the cheetah and its entire ecosystem, including human populations. Cheetahs once ranged across the entire African continent. Today, cheetahs are found in only 23% of their historic African range, and are extinct in their Asian range except for a small population in Iran of about 50 individuals. Brian has spent three decades in the conservation world, educating people on the mission and goals of sustainable conservation. A passionate speaker who enlivens the audience with elements of fun and humor, and an experienced lecturer to crowds at schools, zoos, and on television, he has been a carnivore keeper for 20 cat species, as well as wolves. He has worked on conservation projects for lions in Uganda, Amur leopards in the Russia, tigers in Bangladesh, and snow leopards in Nepal.

May 9 & 10 — 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 “Garden Critters.” 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.

May 14 (9 – 4) — Mother’s Day
Connecticut’s only zoo wants to thank all moms working so hard throughout the year. Bring your mother and/or grandmother to the Zoo on Mother’s Day and her ticket is on us! Enjoy this special day together by visiting our animals or having lunch in our Peacock Pavilion.

May 19 (noon – 3) — Endangered Species Day
Endangered species awareness events encourage people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered animals and plants and what actions can be taken to help preserve their future.

May 24 (7 pm) — Evening Lecture Series: The Primates of Borneo
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 Primates of Borneo. Borneo is a diverse landscape with an incredible amount of plant and wildlife biodiversity. Primates in Borneo are under threat from habitat destruction due to palm oil plantations. Come hear the research and community based conservation projects taking place in the field to help combat the destruction and save local endangered and threatened species. $10 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: The Zoo’s Hanson Building, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport.

May 25 (noon – 3 pm) — Zoo Cook-off/Commissary Grand Opening
Come see area culinary students pair up with the animal care staff to create fabulous dishes made for people but inspired by high quality animal diets! Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim and other special guests will be on hand to judge the entries.

May 27, 28 and 29 (11 am, 1 and 3 pm) — Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVE
Famous for getting everyone involved, Rowlands brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets, and colorful props. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Rowlands on stage as he shares his self- penned songs about animals and their environment. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Shows at 11:00 am, 1:00 and 3:00 pm daily. Each performance is 30-35 minutes long. Sponsored by the CT Farm Bureau.

May 29 (9 – 4) — Memorial Day
All active military and veterans free; their families receive 20% off.

June 3 — Early closing
The Zoo closes at 3 p.m. today as we prepare for our signature fundraiser.

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. Tickets go on sale April 1. 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 15 — Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Past and Present Photography Contest
To celebrate Nature Photography Day and the Zoo’s 95th Anniversary, the Zoo is holding a photography contest open to all amateur area photographers! Submit your favorite photo of the Zoo in the past, and/or your best photo of an animal, exhibit, or any Zoo setting. Winners will have their photos displayed at the Zoo, will be presented on the Zoo website, and receive a free Zoo membership for one year. Ready, set, shoot!

June 18 (9 – 4) — Father’s Day
Dads and Granddads are free today with paying guests.

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 23 (9 – 4) — AARP Free Friday
AARP card holders get in free.