Gov. Malloy Tours Connecticut's Only Zoo to Commemorate Zoo's 90th Birthday

Thu, 06/14/2012

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - June 14, 2012 -  As part of the zoo's 90th birthday celebration throughout 2012, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo welcomed Governor 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.

"For centuries, Connecticut has been the home of literary greats, innovators and natural wonders - an incredibly diverse array of products and talent, all right here in Connecticut," stated Gov. Malloy. "Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is one of the many attractions we have here that highlights our state's rich history, culture and innovation. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the zoo's many offerings."

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is a premier family destination and one of the state's top tourist attractions, welcoming over 280,000 visitors annually. The zoo is situated on 52 acres in historic Beardsley Park, which was designed by noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, famous for New York's Central Park.

"The Beardsley Zoo is a tremendous tourist attraction and educational asset to the City of Bridgeport and the State of Connecticut. I am proud to be a strong advocate for the zoo, which enriches the lives of our children and residents everyday," Rep. Grogins said. "I want to thank Governor Malloy for taking the time to make this special visit to the zoo today and for his continued support of this wonderful organization."

As part of its mission, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo conducts educational programs that impact 20,000 students each school year, with more than 550 school groups visiting annually. Likewise, the Zoo is involved in groundbreaking animal conservation efforts. Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is home to the first Brazilian ocelot ever to have multiple pregnancies and kittens produced by artificial insemination. Similarly, the Zoo is the first accredited zoo in the northeast to welcome a Chacoan peccary piglet and was the first accredited zoo in the northeast to exhibit this endangered species.
"I want to thank Rep. Grogins for extending a gracious invitation to Governor Malloy to visit the state's only zoo. In doing so the governor was able to witness first hand the educational, environmental, and recreational impact the Zoo has on its guests," explained Gregg Dancho, zoo director.

In honor of its 90th birthday, the Zoo kicked off the '90 Days of Summer," which continues through Labor Day weekend. A list of some of the summer promotions are featured below:

'90 Days of Summer' Promotions*

Memorial Day, May 28 - Labor Day, September 3, 2012:

Mondays: Roll Back Monday - all admission prices roll back to only $9!

Tuesdays: $1 carousel rides

Wednesdays: Receive half price admission if you were born in the 90s! MUST SHOW PROOF (Valid photo ID, birth certificate, passport, report card) Hint: If you were born in the 90s, you'd be 12-22 years old.

Thursdays: If it's a scorcher (over 90 degrees Fahrenheit), receive one free child admission with one paying adult.

Fridays: Be the 90th guest and get in FREE and receive a special gift just for you!

*NOTE: These offers do NOT apply to groups. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or coupons.

Birthday Bonus! As a gift to all Zoo visitors, anyone who comes to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo on his or her birthday gets in free (Photo ID with birthday required. Valid through 12/31/12).

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $12.00, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $10.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members are also admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge. For information, call: (203) 394-6565. Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is located at 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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