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Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Celebrates Books and Beasts on Saturday, August 5

Children will learn tips on how to stop bullying, and watch a detailed demonstration on how to illustrate a book Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo welcomes Bridgeport author Donna DiMaio Rooney and Bethel illustrator Lizzy Rockwell on Saturday, August 5 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. for an afternoon of readings, book signings, mystery animal encounters, and author meet and greets. Beginning at the Hanson Exploration Station, guests who wish to attend the first part of the event, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., can do so without a ticket to enter the Zoo grounds. “We’re excited to offer another community-based education opportunity to our guests,” said Jim Knox, curator of Education at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. “To make the event accessible for as many children as possible, we’ll start our Books and Beasts celebration at noon at our Hanson Exploration Station—no ticket required.” “Children will have an opportunity to meet Donna and Lizzy, see an illustration demonstration, and enjoy live animal encounters,” added Knox.  “At 1:30, we’ll move into the Zoo for book signings, a scavenger hunt, and more readings. That portion of the day will require guests to purchase a ticket to enter the Zoo.” Donna DiMaio Rooney is the author of DANI and the Day the Bully Changed Everything  (Sheepy Press), a story where farm animals are confronted with bullying, and wrestle with how they can end it and take back their farm. Daniel Kelleher, M.D., an assistant professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Rutgers University and Board-Certified in Adolescent & Child Psychiatry, said, “School age kids who read this book will gain an understanding into how to deal with bullying. Highly recommended!”...

Incredibly Rare Amur Leopard Exhibit Offers Enhanced Viewing Area at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Fewer than 60 Amur Leopards in the Wild; Fewer than 250 in Captivity Worldwide  BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – July 12, 2017 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo debuted its newest exhibit renovation this summer: a large viewing window and sheltered wooden platform for viewing the rarest big cats in the world, the Amur leopard. Amur leopards are critically endangered, with fewer than 60 animals left in the wild (66 fewer than is needed to ensure the survival of the species) and fewer than 250 in captivity worldwide. Connecticut’s Only Zoo is constantly seeking to improve both the animals’ living spaces and the human guest experience, prompting the addition of a large viewing window at the Amur Leopard exhibit. “We finished our new viewing window in June and are thrilled to be able to offer an even better opportunity to view our Amur leopards,” explained Gregg Dancho, zoo director. “They are such beautiful animals, and critically endangered in the wild. We are proud to be a participant in the Amur leopard Species Survival Plan.” The Zoo is home to a pair of Amur leopards: a female, Freya, born in 2012, from the Copenhagen Zoo, and a male Sochi, born in 2013, from the Denver Zoo. Their exhibit features rock outcroppings that enable the leopards to explore their surroundings at ground level. It also includes areas as high as 10 feet off the ground, to enable them to view their domain from a different level. Amur leopards have been known to leap more than 10 feet vertically, so there is plenty of room to stretch their legs. Visitors can visit the leopard exhibit between between...