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2014

  • Tue, 07/01/2014

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - July 1, 2014 - Thanks to funding from Energize Connecticut, an initiative dedicated to empowering Connecticut citizens to make smart energy choices, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo and Stepping Stones Museum for Children are teaming up to bring an exciting educational experience to Connecticut's only zoo's this summer. A temporary addition to the zoo's educational offerings, the museum's Conservation QuestMaze is installed at the zoo through Labor Day. The Conservation Quest Maze is one of the energy exhibits and programs sponsored by Energize Connecticut in partnership with Connecticut Light & Power and the United Illuminating Company. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sat, 05/24/2014
    BRIDGEPORT, May 24, 2014 -- Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to release its calendar for May through August 2014. The Zoo has fun events for the entire family all year round, most of which are free with the cost of admission. Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org or Facebook for the most up to date information. 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. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge. 
     
     
  • Thu, 04/17/2014

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- April 17, 2014 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo welcomes four North American River otter pups, born on February 15, 2014. The babies had their first exam by the Zoo's veterinarian today, revealing the gender and general health of the otters. The exam revealed that two female and two male otters were born. The females weighed in at 3.1 lbs and 2.29 lbs while the males weighed in at 3.06 lbs and 3.4 lbs. Dr. Hochman, who has been a vet at the Zoo for 43 years, checked their overall wellness, listened to their hearts, and gave them their first vaccination. The pups also had identification transponders inserted. This is standard operating procedure and does not cause the animals any discomfort.   

  • Mon, 03/10/2014

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. and SILVER SPRING, Md. - March 10, 2014 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo invites Connecticut residents to take advantage of Daylight Savings Time, and "Spring Forward" for amphibians through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) FrogWatch USA™citizen science program. The zoo, in collaboration with Yale University's Peabody Museum, will teach families, students, and others how to be citizen scientists through both classroom and experiential learning. Working with experts, volunteers will learn about local frog species, travel into wetlands throughout the region, and observe and record the frog and toad calls they hear. While at the zoo, volunteers also will have a chance to get up close and personal with amphibian education animals.

  • Fri, 02/21/2014

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - February 21, 2014 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to release its updated calendar for March, April, and May 2014. The Zoo has fun events for the entire family all year round, most of which are free with the cost of admission. Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org or Facebook for the most up to date information.

  • Fri, 02/07/2014

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - February 7, 2014 - The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA's independent Accreditation Commission. Fewer than 10 percent of the approximately 2,800 animal exhibitors licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture are AZA-accredited. Currently, there are only 223 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.

2013

  • Wed, 12/25/2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - December 25, 2013 - Just in time for the holidays, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo welcomed a special delivery: Nigerian Dwarf goat triplets - two males and one female. Their mother, "Cupcake," is two years old and their father, "Rodney," is a year and a half old. The baby goats, known as "kids," are all healthy and happy. They join two additional kids, a male and a female born in early November. All five kids will be on exhibit through spring 2014, at which time they will be transferred to their new home at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island.

  • Tue, 11/26/2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - November 26, 2013 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only zoo, is pleased to release its UPDATED Holiday 2013 programming calendar. The Zoo plans fun and educational special events and seasonal programs throughout the year, most of which are free with the purchase of Zoo admission, unless otherwise noted. Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org or Facebook for the most up to date information.

  • Fri, 11/08/2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Nov. 8, 2013) -- Never mind the boy band comeback tour. On Monday, November 4, 2013, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo welcomed two Nigerian Dwarf goat babies.

  • Wed, 10/16/2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - October 16, 2013 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only zoo, is pleased to release its Holiday 2013 programming calendar. The Zoo plans fun and educational special events and seasonal programs throughout the year, most of which are free with the purchase of Zoo admission, unless otherwise noted.

  • Wed, 08/14/2013
    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - August 14, 2013 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only zoo, releases its late August, September, October 2013 calendar of events. The Zoo plans fun and educational special events and seasonal programs throughout the fall, most of which are free with the purchase of Zoo admission, unless otherwise noted. Be sure to mark your calendar, so you won't miss a minute of the fun.
     
     
  • Mon, 07/22/2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - July 22, 2013 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo debuted its newest exhibit this weekend featuring Sofiya, an incredibly rare female Amur leopard. Amur leopards are critically endangered, with only 30-40 animals left in the wild and only 176 in captivity worldwide. Born on May 10, 2008, at the St. Louis Zoo, Sofiya arrived at Connecticut's only zoo in January. She has taken up residence in the newly remodeled space that once housed the Andean bear exhibit this weekend.

  • Fri, 07/05/2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - July 5, 2013 - Starting today, visitors will get to meet the newest additions to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo: three rare Mexican wolves. Mexican wolves are a critically endangered species, with fewer than 100 left in the wild and only 300 in captivity. The three wolves, all female and all six years old, arrived at the zoo on May 20 from the California Wolf Center and have remained off exhibit while they adjusted to their new surroundings.

  • Thu, 06/27/2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – June 27, 2013 –The state’s only zoo is coming to communities across Connecticut, beginning July 3, 2013. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s Zoomobile will entertain and educate audiences at state parks and nature centers with programs presented in partnership with Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), The Sherwood Island State Park Nature Center and The Kellogg Nature Center.

  • Sun, 05/26/2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - May 26, 2013 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to announce it has been awarded the "Best Park" award in the 2013 Fairfield County Weekly readers poll. This is the first win for Connecticut's only zoo, which celebrated its 90th birthday last year.

  • Sat, 05/25/2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - May 25, 2013 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is experiencing a baby bonanza with the birth of two male Nigerian Dwarf goats and six Guinea hog piglets, of which five are male and one is female. These new additions join two female Nigerian Dwarf goats born last month on Earth Day. The miniature kids and pint-sized piglets are already a huge hit with the public.

  • Fri, 05/24/2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – May 24, 2013 –Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is known for offering special family programming during the summer months. In years past, the zoo has featured a free flight bird show, Rainforest Reptiles, and last year’s Galapagos tortoises were a huge hit with the public. Starting this weekend, two camels will call Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo home through Labor Day.

  • Thu, 05/02/2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - May 2, 2013 - On Monday, April 22, 2013, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo welcomed two female Nigerian Dwarf goats. Their mother, "Cupcake," is three years old and gave birth after a five-month gestation period. Their father, Rodney, will celebrate his first birthday in June. The baby goats, known as kids, are both healthy and happy, and welcome additions to the goat yard.

     

     

  • Fri, 04/19/2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - April 19, 2013 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to release its calendar for late April through August 2013. The Zoo has fun events for the entire family all year round, most of which are free with the cost of admission. Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org or Facebook for the most up to date information.

  • Mon, 03/04/2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – March 4, 2013 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to release itsupdated calendar for March and April 2013. The Zoo has fun events for the entire family all year round, most of which are free with the cost of admission. Calendar subject to change without notice.

  • Thu, 02/14/2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - February 14, 2013 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo will reopen on Saturday, February 16 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, following a week of post-blizzard cleanup. To view photos of the cleanup effort, click here. To show their Valentine's Day love for their visitors, admission will be half price on Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17.

  • Thu, 01/17/2013

    Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only zoo, announces a new series of "Cabin Fever" programs designed to cure the winter doldrums. The Zoo plans fun and educational special events and seasonal programs throughout the year, most of which are free with the purchase of Zoo admission, unless otherwise noted.

2012

  • Fri, 12/21/2012

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - December 21, 2012 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only zoo, is pleased to release its calendar for January and February 2013.

  • Wed, 12/19/2012

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - December 19, 2012 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo will open its doors to children for free Wednesday, December 26 through Friday, December 28, 2012.

  • Wed, 11/21/2012

    Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only zoo, is pleased to release its Holiday 2012 programming calendar.

  • Wed, 10/03/2012

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - October 3, 2012 - It's time to brainstorm those scary, silly, freaky, and frightening ideas for Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's 5th Annual Scarecrow Competition! The Zoo invites schools and art classes to create their own one-of-a-kind scarecrow design for this year's festivities. Entries will be judged at the Zoo's "Boo at the Zoo" event on Oct. 28.

  • Fri, 09/21/2012

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - September 21, 2012 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite ALL Stratford residents to come to the Zoo on Saturday, October 6, 2012 for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with proper I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family. No rain date is scheduled.

     

  • Fri, 09/21/2012

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - September 21, 2012 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo will host its 6th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, October 1, 2012, at the exclusive Connecticut Golf Club in Easton, Connecticut. Now a signature annual fundraising event for the Zoo, players can enjoy a fantastic day on the links while supporting Connecticut's only zoo. The course features a rating of 73.5, a slope rating of 136 on Bent grass, offering a welcome challenge to even seasoned golfers.

  • Fri, 09/21/2012

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - September 21, 2012 - The last chance for the public to view two giant tortoises at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo will be this Sunday, September 23. "Professor," a Galapagos tortoise weighing 416 pounds, and "Skipper," an Aldabra tortoise weighing a whopping 537 pounds, spent the summer in Bridgeport as part of the zoo's 90th birthday celebration and will be heading home to Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, TX. At the same time, the zoo is pleased to announce the arrival of several new animals for the fall season. A North American river otter, two gray foxes, two agouti, and a Chacoan peccary are the latest additions to Connecticut's only zoo.

  • Fri, 08/31/2012

    Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite ALL Fairfield residents to come to the Zoo NEXT Saturday, September 8, 2012 for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with proper I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family.

  • Fri, 08/31/2012

    Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only zoo, releases its September/October 2012 calendar of events. The Zoo plans fun and educational special events and seasonal programs throughout the fall, most of which are free with the purchase of Zoo admission, unless otherwise noted.

  • Tue, 08/21/2012

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - August 21, 2012 - Today Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo introduced "Beeze," a rescued bobcat that will serve as an animal ambassador for the state's only zoo.

  • Tue, 07/10/2012

    Connnecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to announce it has signed Gulick Building & Development as a corporate sponsor for $5,000.

  • Wed, 06/27/2012

    BRIDGEPORT -- The state's only zoo is bringing the Zoo to communities across Connecticut, beginning June 30, 2012. Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's 'Zoomobile' will entertain and educate audiences at state parks, nature centers, shopping malls, and even hotels.

  • Tue, 06/26/2012

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - June 26, 2012 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is celebrating its 90th birthday this year with the '90 Days of Summer,' including reduced admission, $1 carousel rides, and lots more! A complete calendar of special events from mid-June through July also follows.

  • Thu, 06/21/2012

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - June 21, 2012 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to announce the return of family favorite entertainer, Chris Rowlands. Rowlands will be the featured children's performer at Connecticut's only zoo for weeklong stints in June, July, and August. Famous for getting everyone involved, Rowlands brings animals to life through song, dance, puppets, and colorful props, to teach children about animals and their habitats. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Rowlands on stage as he shares his self- penned songs. All Rowlands' performances will be free with paid admission to the Zoo.

  • Mon, 06/18/2012

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - June 18, 2012 - One thousand animal lovers, wine aficionados, and food connoisseurs from near and far gathered under the stars for the annual "Wild Wine, Beer, and Food Safari," benefitting Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, on Saturday, June 2, 2012. The evening included live entertainment as well as a fabulous silent auction.

  • Sat, 06/16/2012

    Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is teaming up with the Bridgeport Bluefish in what is sure to be a grand slam for families throughout Connecticut and beyond. On June 23, 2012, visitors can enjoy Bluefish Day at the Zoo from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Zoo Day at the Bluefish will be hosted on July 15, 2012, when the Bluefish host the Long Island Ducks at 2:05 p.m. Through Labor Day, visitors may show their ticket stubs from either location for discounted admission at the opposite attraction (details below). This partnership helps celebrate the Zoo's 90th birthday and the 15th anniversary of the Bridgeport Bluefish.

  • Thu, 06/14/2012

     As part of the zoo's 90th birthday celebration throughout 2012, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo welcomed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today. Bridgeport State Rep. Auden Grogins (D-129) hosted the governor on his first visit to the state's only zoo since taking office. Gov. Malloy is the first sitting governor to visit the Zoo in two decades.

  • Tue, 06/05/2012

    A $30,000 donation from Diageo North America to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo will kick off the Zoo's new Pampas Plains South American Adventure exhibit.

  • Mon, 05/28/2012

    Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is kicking off its '90 Days of Summer' celebration in a big way with the arrival of two giant tortoises. Thanks to Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, TX, "Professor," a Galapagos tortoise weighing 416 pounds, and "Skipper," an Aldabra tortoise weighing a whopping 537 pounds, will make Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo their home for the summer.

  • Thu, 05/17/2012

    Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is excited to welcome new animals to the Zoo just in time for its 90th birthday, most notably an Andean condor.

  • Wed, 05/09/2012

    Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is marking its 90th birthday with its wildest party ever on May 19, 2012 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

  • Wed, 05/02/2012

    To help kick off its 90th birthday, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo launched "Picture Yourself at the Zoo," a new program that invites the public to share favorite photos, both new and old.

  • Tue, 04/24/2012

    Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is celebrating its 90th birthday this year with the "90 Days of Summer" beginning Memorial Day Weekend and ending Labor Day Weekend. Come to the Zoo and enjoy reduced admission, $1 carousel rides, and lots more!

  • Tue, 04/24/2012

    Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to announce its Evening Lecture Series schedule for now through September.

  • Mon, 04/16/2012

    Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is celebrating Earth Day by throwing a Party for the Planet!

  • Fri, 04/13/2012

    Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite ALL Bridgeport residents to come to Connecticut's only zoo on Sunday, May 20, 2012 for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with proper I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family.
     
     

  • Fri, 02/03/2012

    Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to release its calendar for March, April, and May 2012, which includes highlights of upcoming programming for Summer 2012

  • Thu, 02/02/2012

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - February 2, 2013 - Who needs Punxsutawney Phil when you have "Beardsley Bart?" Beardsley Bart, Bridgeport's own Prognosticating Prairie Dog, came out early this morning to share his weather forecast with a small gathering of friends. Gregg Dancho,

  • Mon, 01/30/2012

    The Zoo is pleased to announce it has received a grant totaling $78,000 over three years from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support its Conservation Discovery Corps (CDC) teen program.

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  • BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - December 26, 2013 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only zoo, is pleased to release its programming calendar for late December through February 2014. The Zoo plans fun and educational special events and seasonal programs throughout the year, most of which are free with the purchase of Zoo admission, unless otherwise noted. Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org or Facebook for the most up to date information.