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Northeastern Zoo Directors Join in Super Bowl Wager to Support Their Teams

Bridgeport, CT, January 30, 2018—The animals at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo may soon be welcoming Zoo Director Gregg Dancho to their enclosures for a bit of housekeeping while wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jersey—if the Patriots lose the Super Bowl, that is. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, along with Zoo New England in Boston/Stoneham, Mass., and Roger Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island, is challenging the Philadelphia Zoo, Elmwood Park Zoo, and Lehigh Valley Zoo, all in the Philadelphia area, to a friendly wager.

 Every zoo director has agreed to the terms: if their team loses, the zoo director will clean out an animal exhibit while wearing the winning team’s jersey. Additionally, the losing zoos will each donate $1,000 to the winning zoos to assist with conservation work or benefit a youth-focused program.

“Luckily, I feel certain that the Patriots will win the Super Bowl,” said Dancho. “I look forward to seeing my colleagues at the Philadelphia Zoo, Elmwood Park Zoo, and Lehigh Valley Zoo cleaning out animal exhibits in a Patriots jersey.”

He added, “As with everything we do at our nation’s accredited zoos, the focus on conservation and education is ultimately what the wager is about. We’re always looking for ways to spread the word about saving endangered animals and teaching our children the value of preserving nature. We’re all winners in the end.”