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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. Visitors on Sunday watched as “Peaches,” who is four and a half years old, gave birth to one male and two female kids. “Cupcake” also is four and a half years old, and gave birth to one female and two male kids. “Rodney,” at two and a half years old, is the proud father of all six. The baby goats, known as “kids,” are all healthy and happy and welcome additions to the goat yard. This is the third set of kids for both moms. 

“These kids are high energy and were bouncing around the farmyard within hours of their birth. Visitors coming this month will enjoy seeing them play and jump around having fun,” explained Gregg Dancho, zoo director. 

The kids will begin to nibble on hay and grains later this week and spend the next few months nursing. The kids are not named as of yet. 

Visitors can enjoy a visit to the Farmyard to see the newest arrivals as the Zoo celebrates the spooky season with the following upcoming events:

October 17, 18, 24, 25: Howl-O-Ween, 6:30 – 10:00 pm 

Calling all ghosts and goblins! Come and spend a truly fun and frightful evening at the Zoo featuring a “Greek Mythology” Hayride, Haunted Farmyard, Gruesome Greenhouse, and magic show by Jim Sisti. Tickets also include FREE face painting, and of course, CANDY! Don’t miss this frighteningly good time! Admission is $12 per person in advance and for Zoo members; $15 per person at the gate. Event recommended for children ages 6-12, however, some of the “scarier” activities of the evening may be better suited for children ages 8+. To purchase advance tickets, please call Amanda Bolanos at (203) 394-6574.

October 17 – 31: Scarecrows on Parade 

Come check out our scarecrow competition and vote for your favorites! FREE with admission to the Zoo. 

October 26: Boo at the Zoo, Noon – 3:00 pm

This spooktacular afternoon includes harvest hayrides and many other seasonal enjoyments! Plus we will announce the winners of our Scarecrow competition. Guaranteed to delight and fright all those who pass through! If you’re under 12, in costume, and are accompanied by a paying adult, you get in to the Zoo for FREE! 

Ongoing throughout October & November

Harvest Hay Rides: Ongoing every weekend in October & November as well as school holidays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Rides begin at the W.O.L.F. Cabin and are $2.00 each.

 About Nigerian Dwarf goats

Nigerian Dwarf goats are miniature dairy goats. The milk produced by these goats has higher butterfat content than their larger counterparts and tastes much sweeter. A doe (a grown female) can produce up to two quarts of sweet milk a day. Most females will grow to around 18 inches, while males can reach 23 inches. They weigh just around 75 pounds when fully grown and can be a full spectrum of colors, from black, brown, and white to spotted or striped. Bucklings (young males) may be fertile around 7 weeks of age, while mature females can breed as early as 8 months of age. These goats can breed year round as the gestation period is approximately five months.

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. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is located at 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut and parking at the zoo is free of charge.