The Zoo Has Something for Everyone This Holiday Season!

Fri, 11/19/2010

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - November 19, 2010 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only Zoo, is a great alternative for holiday gatherings and unique gift giving ideas. With new animals coming and going all the time, it's never the same experience twice so come visit today!

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. On Christmas Eve the Zoo will close at 1:00 pm and the gate will close at 12 noon. On New Year's Eve the Zoo will close at 3:00 pm and the gate will stop taking visitors at 2:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $11.00, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $9.00, and children under 3 years old and Zoo members are admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge.

December 2010

December 29 - 30: Happy Zoo Year! 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join your Zoo family and see how the animals ring in the New Year! Learn about animal winter adaptations, watch them enjoy a special enrichment activity, and make an item to bring home for the wildlife right in your own backyard. Each visitor will receive one free hot beverage! Hands-on workshops to create and deliver enrichment items for the animals will be held for children ages 6 - 12. Limited space available, so please preregister for workshop(s) by calling (203) 332-4243. This event is free with Zoo admission.

Looking for a last minute venue for your holiday gathering? Choosing the right location for your holiday party is one of the most important and often the most challenging decisions to make. This year, let your imagination run wild at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo! Celebrate your special event in one of three unique spaces, including a Victorian Greenhouse, wooded log cabin or large Carousel Building with an indoor working carousel. We are sure to have a venue to meet your party needs. Centrally located between Greenwich and New Haven, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo can accommodate parties for up to 200 guests. Give your guests a gathering they will "howl" about...Book today! Contact Lori Mott at (203) 332-4243 or e-mail

Ongoing Throughout Holiday Season, Gift Shopping Made Simple:
Visit the Zoo's Gift Shop for interesting and unique holiday gifts for everyone on your shopping list! Items include glass ornaments depicting peacocks, tigers and wolves and other nature related items, most for $20.00 and under.

Membership is the Gift That Keeps on Giving:
3Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is open year round, making it a perfect holiday gift. With memberships starting as low as $50 for individuals and $80 for families, this gift guarantees good times all year long and helps the Zoo, too! For gift membership information, call (203) 394-6574 or sign up online at

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is proud to work with community groups to support those in need.

Toys for Tots:
Donations for Toys for Tots will be accepted until December 20.

Ongoing/Year Round - People Food, Animal Food, Pet Toys:
Donations of non-perishable food will be delivered to local homeless shelters.

Don't forget the animals in need! Pet toy and food donations will be delivered to local animal rescue groups.

Special Holiday Hours / Early Closings:

On Christmas Eve, the Zoo will close at 1:00 pm and the gate will stop taking visitors at 12 noon.

On New Year's Eve, the Zoo will close at 3:00 pm and the gate will stop taking visitors at 2:00 pm.

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