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Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Mourns the Loss of Red Wolf Harper

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – March 5, 2018 – The family at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is saddened to announce the passing of Harper, a 12-year-old male Red wolf, on February 26, 2018. The Zoo’s animal care and veterinary teams had been treating Harper for an aggressive type of cancer with a regimen of medical therapy, but he began to go downhill in the past several weeks. In the days leading up to his death, his animal care team had begun to notice his quality of life was diminishing rapidly due to his illness, and through the Zoo’s Quality of Life protocol, the difficult decision was made to euthanize him. Born on May 1, 2005, at The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York, Harper had resided at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo for three years. He was a beloved member of the Zoo family. “Harper will be deeply missed by all of us here at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “He had a unique personality and related well both to his companion, Shy, and to his animal care staff. It has been our privilege to have known him since December, 2014. “Harper’s intensive daily care during his illness is a testament to the dedication of his professional team and to the work of the Zoo’s veterinary staff. Together they made it possible to give him the best care and quality of life,” Dancho added. The Zoo remains home to two Mexican gray wolves, and one Red wolf, all extremely rare and on the Endangered Species list. The remaining Red wolf is a female, Shy, and has been at the...

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Receives $5,000 Grant from Newman’s Own Foundation

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – March 1, 2018 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has received a $5,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. Funds were donated to support the Zoo’s teen program, Explorers, a program is designed to inspire and motivate teens looking for a hands-on Zoo experience. The Explorers investigate zoo careers, from greenhouseman to zoo director, including animal care, development and marketing, and visitor services. Open to teenagers ages 14-18, members attend career workshops, take part in job shadows, develop a public presentation, and create a year-end project. The Zoo is grateful to its many members, supporters, and corporate partners that help to educate, delight, and bring animal welfare and conservation to the state of Connecticut. In particular, the Zoo wishes to thank Newman’s Own Foundation for its longtime support of Zoo programs. Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over $485 million to thousands of charities around the...