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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

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 and Meri, our adorable Red Pandas, and take a peek at the new habitat being built for them. The Zoo’s Education staff will be giving talks on these adorable members of the Zoo family. This year, more than 100,000 visitors are expected at accredited zoos on International Red Panda Day to become Red Panda Rangers. What is a Red Panda Ranger? A Red Panda Ranger is a special title given to children who help spread the word that Red Pandas are experiencing a loss of nesting trees and bamboo, leading to a decline in population. With fewer than 10,000 Red Pandas in the wild, we need to help save these little firefoxes!

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. For more information, visit www.thebige.com

Sept. 17 — 12th 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 Jessica Taylor at (203) 394-6569 or e-mail jtaylor@beardsleyzoo.org.

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. 28 (9-4) — AARP Free 4th Fridays
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 — this is your last chance. Please be sure to register at http://www.beardsleyzoo.org/aarp/. Show your card or invitation and you get free admission to the Zoo! Up to 3 additional guests will receive a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Plus AARP members will receive a coupon for the gift shop.

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.

October 9 & 10 (10:30) — 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 “Not So Scary.” 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.

October 14-20 — Wolf Week
The Zoo is home to two Mexican gray wolves, and two Red wolves, all extremely rare and on the Endangered Species list. Learning opportunities and activities for guests will be held all week.

October 14-31 — Scarecrows on Parade
Local classrooms are invited to build a scarecrow to showcase on Zoo grounds in the month of October. Come see our Scarecrow “Exhibit” on the Greenhouse Lawn, and vote for your favorites at Boo at the Zoo on October 28. 

October 20 — International Sloth Day
This holiday raises awareness about the life cycle and natural habitat of sloths, native South and Central American animals. Come find our two Two-toed sloths, hiding in our Rainforest exhibit. The Two-toed sloth is a mid-size animal with brownish-greenish fur that provides excellent camouflage. Hint: look up!

October 24-31 — Bat Week
Each year Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature. Bat Week is organized by conservation organizations from across the United States and Canada. Learning opportunities for guests will be held all week, with crafts and fun activities at the Research Station. Come visit our Vampire bats and participate in special activities all week long!

October 28 (noon – 3) — Boo at the Zoo
A spooktacular afternoon including harvest hayrides ($2 per person) and many other seasonal favorites! Enjoy crafts, story-time, cool critters, and of course, candy! Guaranteed to delight and fright all those who pass through. If you’re under 12, in costume, and are accompanied by one paying adult, you get in to the Zoo for FREE!

November 3 — National Bison Day
Join us at the Research Station and learn more about America’s largest mammal. These giants weigh between 1,000 and 3,000 pounds and eat up to 50 pounds of grasses a day. Vast herds once roamed our prairies and open woodlands but were driven to near extinction by early settlers and bison hunters. The last few animals kept in zoos formed the basis for the entire new (and protected) population.

November 3 — Endangered Species Gala
An elegant evening affair will be held at the Patterson Club in Fairfield. The Gala’s guest speaker is Richard Weiss, world-class explorer, Emmy award-winning producer, and author of the book Born to Explore: How to be a Backyard Adventurer. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies is tech author and entertainer David Pogue. The Zoo is seeking sponsors for the event. From an exclusive presenting sponsorship priced at $25,000 to the Amur Tiger at $10,000, the Golden Lion Tamarin at $5,000, and the Red Wolf at $2,500, there are multiple opportunities for corporations and individuals to contribute. Interested supporters can contact Jessica Taylor, event fundraising coordinator, at 203-394-6569, or at jtaylor@beardsleyzoo.org.

November 11 — Veteran’s Day
Veterans get in free, with a 20% discount for their families.

November 13 & 14 (10:30) — 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 “Who Eats What.” 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.

November 21 — Zoo Closes Early
Last ticket sold at noon; Zoo closes at 1:00 p.m.

November 22 — Thanksgiving/Zoo Closed

December 24/Christmas Eve — Zoo closes early
Last ticket sold at noon; Zoo closes at 1:00 p.m.

December 25/Christmas — Zoo closed

December 31/New Year’s Eve — Zoo closes early
Last ticket sold at noon; Zoo closes at 1:00 p.m.

January 1, 2019/New Year’s Day — Zoo closed.