Donate to the Zoo
There are several ways you can help Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo accomplish its mission of conservation, education and family recreation. By supporting the Connecticut Zoological Society (CZS), you help us share the wonders of animals and nature with the more that 250,000 visitors annually both at the Zoo and around the state and region through our outreach efforts. All gifts to the Society are greatly appreciated and go a long way toward saving wildlife and protecting wild places.
The Society’s Development Department coordinates and plans the Zoo’s fundraising efforts. The Department identifies individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations who care about the mission of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Contributions of cash, stocks, in-kind, and planned gifts result in enhanced animal exhibits, expanded educational programming, important conservation and breeding efforts, additional visitor services, and the long-term sustainability of the Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.
The Development Department also ensures that all CZS fundraising efforts comply with applicable ethical and non-profit standards.
Re-Imagine our New England Farmyard!
Today, we’re re-imagining our Farmyard. Construction has already begun on new habitat space to showcase heritage breed animals – breeds that were perfect for a small family farm in the past but are now rapidly disappearing from the landscape. A renovated barn will serve a dual purpose: an area with interactive educational graphics, and a spacious rental space for special events.
New pathways create areas for exploration and learning and a new play space and picnic grove will provide guests more time to spend with family and friends. New signage will showcase the impact farms have had on American life, and demonstrate how farms have evolved to meet the standards of animal care today.
Redesign the Amur Tiger Habitat
After the birth of our tiger cubs on November 25, 2017, the Zoo asked for your support to bring in an architect to help us design a new tiger habitat. Your support was overwhelming! And because of your support, we were able to showcase our habitat design to Pam Hope Kochiss Werth, a longtime Zoo friend. She pledged the single largest gift ever given to the Zoo – $1 million in support of opening the new habitat for our 100th Birthday Celebration in 2022.
NOW WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! This is where your support matters more than ever before: every dollar donated will be matched up to $1 million! The new tiger habitat we envision, with a greatly expanded footprint, educational ranger station, glass viewing windows, and an elevated walkway for our tigers to move between enclosures, is estimated to cost us $2.5 million. If you can help us match Pam Hope Kochiss Werth’s extremely generous donation, we’ll be more than halfway there.