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

Every Day is Hump Day with 3 Camels Taking Up Residence at the Zoo Date: 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.  “Every day is Hump Day this summer at Connecticut’s only zoo!” joked Gregg Dancho, zoo director. “Last year, visitors couldn’t get enough of our kissable camels so this year we have three visiting us for the whole summer. If you’ve never seen one up close, this is your chance!” Joining Toby and Goliath, who were at the zoo last summer, is Noah. All three will be available for rides from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30  p.m. for $5 per person. Visitors are welcome to take photos at no additional charge and may purchase ride tickets at the front gate, gift shop, carousel, and at the camel ride (cash only). While there are no age restrictions for riders, anyone five years old and younger requires an adult rider with them. The zoo also is offering a combination ticket for both a carousel and camel ride for $6.00. Fun camel facts, courtesy of Environmental Graffiti: Bactrian camels have two humps while Dromedary camels have one hump. (Toby and Goliath are Dromedary camels.) The name camel comes from Arabic, meaning “beauty.” A camel’s hump stores fat – not water – as many believe. Camels can drink up to 40 gallons at one time. Camels can go for long periods of...

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

Baby Boom: Four Red Wolf Pups and Six Guinea Hog Piglets Born Date: 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. “We couldn’t be happier with how all of our baby animals are coming along,” stated Gregg Dancho, zoo director. “Both the Red wolf mother and father are taking well to parenthood and the pups are just starting to venture out into the Wolf den for short periods of time. Of course, the piglets and otters are always a fan favorite… babies just make it that much more entertaining. We have lots of Kodak moments happening all the time!” Dancho shared.  Six wolf pups were born on May 9, 2014; three males and three females, with one male and one female not surviving. Both mom “Salty” and dad “Moose” are first-time parents and are very...

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

Wildly Popular Wild Wine, Beer, and Food Safari to Benefit the Zoo Date: 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. “This event sells out every year and it’s easy to understand why! What could be better than enjoying the Zoo on a beautiful early summer night while sampling the best wine, beer, and food the region has to offer?” asked Gregg Dancho, zoo director. “A special thank you to all of our sponsors who make this an unforgettable evening each year.” Hosted by Stepney Wine of Monroe & Black Rock Wine of Fairfield, guests will enjoy sampling beer selections from Abita; Beaver Beer Company; Bershire Brewing Company; Brooklyn Brewery; Captain Lawrence Brewing Company; Cisco Brewery; Goose Island Brewing Co; Harpoon Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co; Latis Imports; Narragansett Brewing Company; Otter Creek Brewing; Smuttynose Brewing Company; Stone Brewing Company; Stony Creek Brewery; Two Roads Brewery; Victory Brewing Company; and Weyerbacher Brewing Company. This year, participating vintners promise to offer Connecticut’s lowest prices and will be donating ten percent of their sales to Connecticut’s only zoo. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste offerings from Angelini Wine; Aventine Hill; Boisset Selections; Brescome Barton; Connecticut Distributor Inc. Merchant Division; Connecticut Distributors Inc.; Constellation Brands; Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits; Diageo; Digrazia Vineyards; Eder...