Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim to Issue Proclamation in Support of Wildlife Protection 

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will celebrate the 12th annual Endangered Species Day with a special proclamation by Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim on Friday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Zoo. Annie Hornish, Connecticut senior state director of the Humane Society of the U.S., will also attend. Started in 2006 by the U.S. Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places. The goal of Endangered Species Day is to educate people about the importance of protecting our rare, threatened, and endangered animal and plant species.

Many of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s 300 animals are endangered or threatened in their natural habitats, including the Red and Mexican Wolves, Brazilian Ocelot, Amur Tigers, and others. Conservation and protecting endangered species is a key part of the Zoo’s mission, with 25 cents from each paid admission to the Zoo earmarked for helping critically threatened or endangered animals. Most recently, in March 2017, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo pledged a donation of $2,000 to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) effort to save a small species of porpoise, the vaquita.

“As an AZA-accredited zoo, we focus on conservation, education, providing a sanctuary for our animals, and an entertaining experience for our guests,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “By connecting people with wildlife in an enjoyable setting, we can encourage actions that individuals can take to help protect our nation’s wildlife, fish, and plants.”

Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim will issue a proclamation affirming the city’s commitment to protecting wildlife so that residents can enjoy living in an area of natural beauty, including the region’s native animal species. “The actions we take today to protect nature and wildlife are a legacy for our children and grandchildren,” said Ganim. “My proclamation today is to help raise awareness about the ongoing threats to native species, and to encourage everyone to learn more about protecting wildlife.”

 One reason for the nation’s success in protecting wildlife is the passage, 43 years ago, of the federal Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act has successfully prevented the extinction of hundreds of species, including the humpback whale. Many of our nation’s signature species, such as the Florida panther, Hawaiian monk seal, and Alabama red-bellied turtle, owe their continued existence to the protections of the Act.

“AZA-accredited zoos provide a safety net for animals on the brink of extinction,” said Dancho. “The Endangered Species Act is crucial to helping protect America’s wildlife.”