Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Receives Neighborhood Assistance Act Grant from AVANGRID

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Dec. 21, 2017 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has received a $9,384 grant from AVANGRID and its Connecticut companies, United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, aimed at helping improve energy efficiency and save on energy costs. Zoo Director Gregg Dancho accepted the grant, awarded under the auspices of Connecticut’s Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program. The state’s Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program provides a corporate tax credit to encourage businesses to provide financial support to qualified local nonprofit organizations. Since 2010, the Connecticut AVANGRID companies have awarded more than $2.9 million in grants through the program. “We are grateful to AVANGRID for their donation, which helps us allocate more resources to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s mission of animal conservation, education, research, and recreation,” said Dancho. “The Tax Credit Program is an effective way for corporations to help support our Zoo, and provide a positive impact for Connecticut residents.” “For our nonprofit partners, we know every dollar saved on energy is a dollar that can be spent on programs and services in the community,” said Anthony Maron III, president and CEO of Connecticut operations for Avangrid...

Rare Amur Tiger Cubs Born at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Zoo Staff Providing Critical Care to Two Kittens,  Important to Survival of Critically Endangered Tiger Species BRIDGEPORT, Conn. –— December 11, 2017 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s ten-year-old Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), Changbai, gave birth on November 25 to four tiger cubs, although only two survived.  The two surviving cubs, both females, were removed from Changbai when she showed no interest in taking care of them. Both two-week-old cubs are in seclusion in the Zoo hospital, housed in a 90-degree ambient temperature enclosure, with a base warmed to 85 degrees to sustain the cubs’ warmth.  “We are hand feeding the babies five times a day,” explained Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “They are being given a feline milk replacement formula, supplemented with vitamins. They are a little underweight, possibly due to the age of their mother and the fact that there were four kittens in the litter.” Survival of the two remaining cubs is still a challenge. Zoo veterinarians and animal care staff are doing everything they can to get them through this critical time. It will be several more weeks before the cubs will be available for viewing by the public. Zoo staff was aware of the tiger’s pregnancy through fecal hormone testing, and had been keeping a 24-hour watch on Changbai for the past few weeks. A female tiger at the age of ten has only a twenty percent change of a successful pregnancy, so good husbandry and a quick response from the animal care team makes a difference.  When Zoo staff saw the firstborn kitten unresponsive and that Changbai was disinterested in grooming or nursing the remaining...