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2017 News

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Announces Commissary Grand Opening and Cook Off on Thursday, May 25

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – May 18, 2017 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility, continues to enhance its animal welfare methods and infrastructure with the grand opening of its new commissary. To celebrate the commissary opening, the Zoo will host a Commissary Cook Off on Thursday, May 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eight students from the Trumbull High School Culinary Arts Program, under the direction of instructor Chef Craig Voytek, will compete in the Cook Off. Their challenge is to turn a selection of animal diet, restaurant-quality products into delicious dishes suitable for humans.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Welcomes Two Lynx Kittens to the Family

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – May 19, 2017 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo welcomes two Canada lynx (Felis lynx) kittens, born on April 26, 2017. The babies have yet to have their first exam by the zoo’s veterinarian, as their mother is still extremely protective and the zoo staff is respecting her need for privacy for several more weeks. The two kittens appear to be healthy, and a quick peek into their den showed that their eyes are open.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Celebrates Endangered Species Day with Proclamation

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – May 17, 2017 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo celebrated the 12th annual Endangered Species Day with a special proclamation by Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim on Friday, May 19  at the Zoo. Annie Hornish, Connecticut senior state director of the Humane Society of the U.S., also attended and spoke on behalf of endangered animals. Started in 2006 by the U.S. Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Celebrates Endangered Species Day on May 19

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – May 17, 2017 – 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.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Receives $3,000 Grant from Environmental Professionals’ Organization

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – May 3, 2017 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has received a $3000 grant from Environmental Professionals’ Organization of Connecticut (EPOC). The EPOC was formed to represent the interests of Connecticut’s Licensed Environmental Professionals (LEPs). Funds will be used to support the Zoo’s teen program, Conservation Discovery Corps (CDC). The yearlong program is designed to allow high school students to work side by side with field biologists, study the role of zoos in conservation, and help educate zoo visitors.

Brian Badger of the Cheetah Conservation Fund to Visit Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on May 6th

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – April 26, 2017 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will host conservation expert Brian Badger, from the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), on Saturday, May 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Zoo’s 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.

Rare Amur Tiger Makes Her Entrance at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – April 11, 2017 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s newest addition, a ten-year-old Amur tiger named Changbai, has completed her quarantine period and is now on exhibit. After arriving on January 12, 2017 from the Philadelphia Zoo, the last three months were devoted to making her familiar with her new home. Once she was comfortable with her surroundings, Chang made her debut at Connecticut’s only zoo in April to the delight of zoo guests.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Joins the Effort to Save World’s Most Endangered Marine Mammal

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – March 27, 2017 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has pledged a donation of $2,000 to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) effort to save a small species of porpoise whose numbers have been decimated by gillnetting. The combined contribution of zoos across the nation has raised more than $600,000 to save this imperiled animal. The vaquita porpoise, whose name means “Little Cow,” is the most endangered of the world’s 128 marine mammal species. Gillnetting uses walls of netting to target a particular fish, in this case the totoaba, but vaquitas often get tangled in the nets and drown.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo and Mexican Grey Wolves Join the National #LoboWeek Movement

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – March 20, 2016 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo joins #LoboWeek from March 26 to April 1, an annual effort to educate people about the importance of wolves on the landscape of the Southwest, and the efforts to successfully return them to their ancestral home in the wild. #LoboWeek this March marks 19 years since 11 captive-reared Mexican gray wolves were released into the wild in Arizona and New Mexico as part of a federal reintroduction program under the Endangered Species Act.

Come See Mini Horses for the Mini Break at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – February 16, 2017 – Just in time for the mini school break next week, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has a little idea that’s sure to be a big hit with the kids. New to the zoo family is a pair of miniature horses, diminutive charmers named Nutmeg and Caramel. Guests will find them in an exhibit at the New England Farmyard. 

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Invites the Public To Join in Citizen Scientist FrogWatch USA

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – February 8, 2017 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo invites residents to become Citizen-Scientist volunteers, and participate in a “FrogWatch” census in area wetlands. In a collaboration between the Zoo, The Maritime Aquarium, and Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History, volunteers will make regular visits to wetlands in their neighborhoods and keep a frog log to record the frog and toad calls they hear. Working with experts, volunteers will learn about local frog species, then visit wetlands once or twice a week for about 15 minutes each night this spring and summer.

Head Over Heels–And Hooves–At Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – February 7, 2017 – Love is in the air throughout the month of February, including at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Courtship rituals here, like everywhere in the world, are wildly diverse. A male otter may bite the female’s nose to show he’s interested; swans engage in an elaborate dance, synchronizing their movements. Just like their human counterparts, there are animals that mate for life, like wolves, and some, like prairie dogs, whose entire mating season is only one hour long. What makes one species choose monogamy as the secret to survival, while others form a looser bond, coming together only to procreate? 

“Beardsley Bart,” Connecticut’s Prognosticating Prairie Dog, Makes His Groundhog Day Weather Prediction

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut – February 2, 2017 – Who needs Punxsutawney Phil when you have ‘Beardsley Bart?’ Beardsley Bart, Connecticut’s own Prognosticating Prairie Dog, came out early this morning to share his weather forecast with a small gathering of friends. Bart’s closest confidante, Gregg Dancho, Director of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, served as his interpreter, along with Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim.

2016 News

Penguins Arrive at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Tue, 04/26/2016
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – April 26, 2016 –Four African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) have moved into their new summer home at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo with the much anticipated opening of the Penguin Plaza exhibit. Three males, Tubbs, Sal, South, and one female, Squirt, will be our guests until September 30th. The birds will splash and play in a new temporary exhibit featuring a 30,000-gallon pool located next to the Peacock Café. Visitors will enjoy wild adventure animal shows, Animal Bytes storytelling and scavenger hunts designed to help visitors learn and care about penguins.

Baby Giant Anteater Born at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Tue, 03/08/2016
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – March 8, 2016 – For the first time in zoo history, a Giant anteater has been born at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Arriving on February 13 and weighing 2.4 pounds (1100 grams) at birth, the baby is now just over 14 inches and was born after a 175-day gestation period. Proud parents are first time dad “EO” and second time mom, “Pana.” The pair was brought to Connecticut’s only zoo with the hopes of successful breeding. Currently mother and baby are off exhibit with plans for a debut in late spring 2016.

2014 News

Zoo Breaks Ground on Exhibit Expansion

Tue, 11/11/2014
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – November 11, 2014 – Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch joined Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo board members, Zoo staff and supporters for a groundbreaking event of the Zoo’s Pampas Plains exhibit last week. Featuring animals from the Pampas region of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, the new exhibit is considered phase one of the Zoo’s South American Adventure exhibit. It is part of the Zoo’s Master Plan to exhibit South American species and is funded in part by private donations as well as funding from the Connecticut Zoological Society with support from the City of Bridgeport.

Zoo Experiences Baby Boom and Welcomes Six Miniature Goats

Fri, 10/17/2014
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – October 17, 2014 –   On Columbus weekend, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo experienced a Nigerian Dwarf goat baby boom. Six Nigerian Dwarf goat babies were born – three on Friday, October 10 and three on Sunday, October 12, 2014.

Zoo’s Education Program Recognized with National Award

Mon, 09/29/2014
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – September 29, 2014 –  The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo received Top Honors in its 2014 Education Award for the Conservation Discovery Corps education program. The AZA Education Award recognizes outstanding achievement in educational program design, judging programs on their ability to promote conservation knowledge, attitudes and behavior, show innovation, and measure success. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo received its Education Award in the category of institutions with budgets under $5 million.

Energize Connecticut Funding Brings A-Maze-Ing Stepping Stones Museum for Children Exhibit to the Zoo

Tue, 07/01/2014
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – July 1, 2014 – Thanks to funding from Energize Connecticut, an initiative dedicated to empowering Connecticut citizens to make smart energy choices, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo and Stepping Stones Museum for Children are teaming up to bring an exciting educational experience to Connecticut’s only zoo’s this summer. A temporary addition to the zoo’s educational offerings, the museum’s Conservation QuestMaze is installed at the zoo through Labor Day. The Conservation Quest Maze is one of the energy exhibits and programs sponsored by Energize Connecticut in partnership with Connecticut Light & Power and the United Illuminating Company.

Every Day is Hump Day with 3 Camels Taking Up Residence at the Zoo

Wed, 06/25/2014
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – June 25, 2014 – Back by popular demand, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo welcomes three camels to the state’s only zoo for the summer. These exotic animals were a huge hit with the public last year and will call Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo home through Labor Day.

Baby Boom: Four Red Wolf Pups and Six Guinea Hog Piglets Born

Thu, 06/19/2014
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — June  19, 2014 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is experiencing a baby boom with the birth of four critically endangered Red wolf pups and six Guinea hog piglets, which are not considered endangered. Today, just 100 red wolves roam their native habitats in eastern North Carolina, and nearly 200 Red wolves are maintained in captive breeding facilities throughout the United States. Because of this, the birth of four pups – two male and two female – represents a welcome increase in the overall scarce population. On the contrary, Guinea hog piglets are becoming a regular sight at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, with litters being born four of the last five years. The births of the wolf pups and piglets follow on heels of the zoo’s April announcement of four North American River otter pups – two males and two females.

Wildly Popular Wild Wine, Beer, and Food Safari to Benefit the Zoo

Wed, 06/04/2014
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — June 4, 2014 — Animal lovers, wine aficionados, and food connoisseurs from near and far will gather under the stars for the annual “Wild Wine, Beer, and Food Safari” benefitting Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM (rain or shine). The evening will include live entertainment by The Navels as well as a fabulous silent auction.

Unplug and Explore This Summer at the Zoo

Sat, 05/24/2014
BRIDGEPORT, May 24, 2014 — Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is pleased to release its calendar for May through August 2014. The Zoo has fun events for the entire family all year round, most of which are free with the cost of admission. Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org or Facebook for the most up to date information. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $14.00, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $10.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge.

Four Pups are ‘Otter This World’

Thu, 04/17/2014
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — April 17, 2014 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo welcomes four North American River otter pups, born on February 15, 2014. The babies had their first exam by the Zoo’s veterinarian today, revealing the gender and general health of the otters. The exam revealed that two female and two male otters were born. The females weighed in at 3.1 lbs and 2.29 lbs while the males weighed in at 3.06 lbs and 3.4 lbs. Dr. Hochman, who has been a vet at the Zoo for 43 years, checked their overall wellness, listened to their hearts, and gave them their first vaccination. The pups also had identification transponders inserted. This is standard operating procedure and does not cause the animals any discomfort.

Connecticut’s Only Zoo Invites Public to ‘Spring Forward’ for Amphibians with FrogWatch USA

Mon, 03/10/2014
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. and SILVER SPRING, Md. – March 10, 2014 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo invites Connecticut residents to take advantage of Daylight Savings Time, and “Spring Forward” for amphibians through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) FrogWatch USA™citizen science program. The zoo, in collaboration with Yale University’s Peabody Museum, will teach families, students, and others how to be citizen scientists through both classroom and experiential learning. Working with experts, volunteers will learn about local frog species, travel into wetlands throughout the region, and observe and record the frog and toad calls they hear. While at the zoo, volunteers also will have a chance to get up close and personal with amphibian education animals.

March into Spring at the Zoo

Fri, 02/21/2014
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – February 21, 2014 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is pleased to release its updated calendar for March, April, and May 2014. The Zoo has fun events for the entire family all year round, most of which are free with the cost of admission. Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org or Facebook for the most up to date information.

AZA Grants Accreditation to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Fri, 02/07/2014
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – February 7, 2014 – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. Fewer than 10 percent of the approximately 2,800 animal exhibitors licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture are AZA-accredited. Currently, there are only 223 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.