Zoo Events

Zoo Feeding Schedule: (Subject to change)
Every Day 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., River Otters Feeding
Every Wednesday and Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Alligator Feeding

Every Thursday-Sunday (11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.)  — Amazing Animal Adventures
This summer, come experience an Amazing Animal Adventure at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. See amazing animal ambassadors from around the world! Learn how zoos Save Animals From Extinction and how you can help to save animals around the world and in your own backyard! In the Zoo’s Learning Circle amphitheater. All showtimes and locations subject to change.

Every Thursday-Sunday (12:30 p.m.) — Picnic Presentations
Enjoy a live animal presentation in our picnic grove. Meet select Zoo animal ambassadors and their expert care givers, in the Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion Picnic Grove. All show times and locations subject to change. 

July 15-21 — National Zookeeper Week
National Zookeeper Week’s mission is to recognize the contribution Animal Care Professionals make to the care and conservation of animals, and to research, public information, and recreation. Join us for “Keeper Days” on Tuesday July 17, Wednesday July 18, and Thursday July 19. Meet different keepers each day in front of their exhibits, ready to answer all of your questions—everything from what foods an animal eats to enrichment activities and even what happens when an animal gets sick, or has to see the dentist. Find out more about being a zookeeper, and the dedication each keeper brings to the job of keeping our animals healthy and happy.

July 16-20, Zoo Patrol, Week 3
This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 9-11 the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on lab activities and nature studies may also be part of the program. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $140/child for Zoo members and $165/child for non-members. New this year: Join us for After Zoo, our new extended day program. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

July 18 (7:00 p.m.) — Evening Lecture Series: Acadia Adventures, Tom Harrington
The Zoo’s evening lecture series engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. Topic: Acadia Adventures. Join naturalist and educator Tom Harrington as he shares his experiences in Acadia National Park and on Mt. Desert Island along the southeastern Maine coast (Downeast, as they say in Maine!) Stories and photos of animals, especially birds and the plants of Acadia, will be shared, along with the natural beauty and geology of the island.  $10 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: The Zoo’s Hanson Building.

July 20 Key Hyundai Bumper Magnet Giveaway
You never know what you’re going to win when you take a Zoo bumper magnet from the shiny 2018 Hyundai on display! (While supplies last.)

July 21 — Lyman Orchards at the Zoo
Our friends at Lyman Orchards will be giving away donuts, sunflowers and cider. Come join us!

July 23 — Country 92.5 Listener Appreciation Day
Details coming soon! 

July 23-27, Zoo Patrol, Week 4
This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 6-8 the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on lab activities and nature studies may also be part of the program. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $140/child for Zoo members and $165/child for non-members. Join us for After Zoo, our new extended day program. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

July 27 (9 – 4) — AARP Fourth Friday FREE Day
AARP CT’s Fourth Fridays FREE at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is back! AARP CT will provide members with free admission to the Zoo on fourth Fridays May through September (May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 28). Join us as many times as you like, but please be sure to register at http://www.beardsleyzoo.org/aarp/. AARP members may purchase admission for up to three guests at a 15 percent discount off regular admission prices, and will receive a coupon for the gift shop.

July 27-28-29-30 (11, 1 and 3) — Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVE
Chris is famous for getting everyone involved through singing and dancing—even bringing kids up on stage with him! Chris brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets, and colorful props. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along on stage as he shares his self-penned songs about animals and their environment. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Shown at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm. daily. Each performance is 30-35 minutes long. Sponsored by the Fairfield County Farm Bureau.

July 29 — International Tiger Day
Global Tiger Day, also called International Tiger Day, is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation.

July 30-August 3, Zoo Patrol, Week 5
This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 9-11 the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on lab activities and nature studies may also be part of the program. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $140/child for Zoo members and $165/child for non-members. New this year: Join us for After Zoo, our new extended day program. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

Zoo Feeding Schedule: (Subject to change)
Every Day 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., River Otters Feeding
Every Wednesday and Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Alligator Feeding

Every Thursday-Sunday (11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.) — Amazing Animal Adventures
This summer, come experience an Amazing Animal Adventure at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. See amazing animal ambassadors from around the world! Learn how zoos Save Animals From Extinction and how you can help to save animals around the world and in your own backyard! In the Learning Circle amphitheater. All show times and locations subject to change.

Every Thursday-Sunday (12:30 pm.) — Picnic Presentations
Enjoy a live animal presentation in our picnic grove. Meet select Zoo animal ambassadors and their expert care givers. In the Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion Picnic Grove. All show times and locations subject to change.

Aug. 2-3-4-5 (11, 1 and 3) — Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVE
Chris is famous for getting everyone involved through singing and dancing—even bringing kids up on stage with him! Chris brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets, and colorful props. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along on stage as he shares his self-penned songs about animals and their environment. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Shown at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm. daily. Each performance is 30-35 minutes long. Sponsored by the Fairfield County Farm Bureau.

Aug. 3 — 3rd Annual CT Open Tennis Back Pack Giveaway Day
The first 500 kids (ages 3-11) receive an orange CT Open/CT Beardsley Zoo backpack courtesy of the CT Open. After the giveaway, the CT Open staff will be giving kids a chance to play some tennis on Zoo grounds. 

Aug. 6-10, Zoo Patrol, Week 6
This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 6-8 the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on lab activities and nature studies may also be part of the program. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $140/child for Zoo members and $165/child for non-members. New this year: Join us for After Zoo, our new extended day program. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

Aug. 7 — WEBE Listener Appreciation Day
Details coming soon!

 Aug. 13-17, Zoo Patrol, Week 7
This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 9-11 the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on lab activities and nature studies may also be part of the program. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $140/child for Zoo members and $165/child for non-members. Join us for After Zoo, our new extended day program. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

Aug. 15 — Cruzin CT with Ryan Kristafer
Ryan Kristafer travels around the Zoo for the day with 8 of his very lucky viewers exploring all the Zoo has to offer.

Aug 20 — Country 92 Day at the Zoo
Details coming soon!

Aug. 22 (7 p.m.) — Evening Lecture Series, 7:00 pm, How to Train Your Raptor: Chrissy Shore & Chris Clark
The Zoo’s evening lecture series engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. Topic: How to Train Your Raptor! Meet Chrissy Shore and Chris Clark, animal care specialists from the Zoo who work with rescued, rehabilitated raptors and train them to become Ambassador Animals. From animals care to enrichment to training and presentations, take a peek into a typical day in the life an Ambassador raptor and his or her handler. Photos and videos of the process will be shown, and perhaps a special feathery guest will make an appearance. $10 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: The Zoo’s Hanson Building, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport. 

 Aug. 25 — Milford Day at the Zoo
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite all Milford residents to come to the zoo for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family. This event is presented in partnership with the Town of Milford.

Aug. 25 — AARP Fourth Friday FREE
AARP CT’s Fourth Fridays FREE at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is back! AARP CT will provide members with free admission to the Zoo on fourth Fridays May through September (May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 28). Join us as many times as you like, but please be sure to register at http://www.beardsleyzoo.org/aarp/. AARP members may purchase admission for up to three guests at a 15 percent discount off regular admission prices, and will receive a coupon for the gift shop.

Aug. 25 (noon – 3) — Teddy Bear Fest
Bring your favorite teddy bear friend to the Zoo! This “beary” fun day will feature children’s crafts and storytelling focusing on Bear Awareness and the facts about real bears. FREE admission for children under age 12 who bring their teddy bear to the “Teddy Bear Clinic” and are accompanied by a paying adult.

Zoo Feeding Schedule: (Subject to change)
Every Day 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., River Otters Feeding
Every Wednesday and Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Alligator Feeding

Sept. 8 — Fairfield Day at the Zoo (Raindate Sunday, Sept. 9)
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite all Fairfield residents to come to the Zoo for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family. This event is presented in partnership with the Town of Fairfield.

Sept. 11 & 12 (10:30 a.m.) — Zoo Tots
This monthly 45-minute program for children 22 months to four years old, who are accompanied by an adult, may include theme related songs or games, live animals, and a simple craft. This session is entitled “Feathers, Fur and Scales.” Pre-registration is required by calling 203-394-6563 or emailing programming@beardsleyzoo.org. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child, and $15 for non-members and one child.

Sept. 15 — International Red Panda Day
Come see Rochan, our adorable Red panda and his companion, Meri. Visit them in their fabulous new habitat, the Natt Family Red Panda Pavilion, next to the pronghorn exhibit. The Zoo’s Education staff will be giving talks on this adorable member of the Zoo family.

Sept. 15 — Valley Chamber Day at the Zoo (All six towns)
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite all Valley residents to come to the Zoo for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family. This event is presented in partnership with the Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Sept. 17-19 — Get Wild with the Zoo at the Big E!
Join Connecticut’s only zoo at New England’s biggest celebration! Visit us in the Connecticut building. Location: Agawam, Mass.

Sept. 18 — 11th Annual Golf Tournament
Gather three coworkers, friends or family members and join us at the exclusive Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield for fun and fundraising! One of the oldest country clubs in America, this course will challenge and exhilarate even a seasoned golfer with a rating of 72.5 and a slope of 135.  Enjoy an open bar, exciting silent auction, and raffle. Can’t attend? There are unique sponsorship opportunities including Tee Sponsors, Contest Sponsors, and more. Register here: http://www.beardsleyzoo.org/golf-tournament/ or contact the Zoo at (203) 394-6574.

Sept, 19 (7 p.m.) — Evening Lecture Series: Fostering Felines with Bethany Thatcher and Chris Barker
An extraordinary event occurred November 25, 2017. The Zoo welcomed two highly endangered Amur Tiger cubs into the world. The Animal Care Specialists raised these cubs due to the first-time mom not showing any interest in her offspring. Hear from these surrogate “Moms” about the care Reka and Zeya required and what their births mean to the survival success of this majestic species.$10 Suggested Donation. Refreshments provided. Zoo’s Hanson Building, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport 

Sept. 22 — Trumbull Day at the Zoo
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite all Trumbull residents to come to the Zoo for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family. This event is presented in partnership with the Town of Trumbull.

Sept. 23 —  Stratford Day at the Zoo
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite all Stratford residents to come to the Zoo for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family. This event is presented in partnership with the Town of Stratford.

Sept. 29 — Monroe Day at the Zoo
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite all Monroe residents to come to the Zoo for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family. This event is presented in partnership with the Town of Monroe.

Sept. 30 — Orange Day at the Zoo
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite all Orange residents to come to the Zoo for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family. This event is presented in partnership with the Town of Orange.