Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is proud to partner with AARP Connecticut again this year with their Up Close & Personal Series!
This year, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is excited to bring the Zoo into the homes of AARP members through their Up Close & Personal series. Each Thursday in October, we'll explore a behind-the-scenes area of the Zoo, from animal enrichment to animal health. All sessions will be held via Zoom from 12:00-1:00PM. See below to register. Join us!
10/1/2020: Animal Enrichment
Animal welfare is a top priority at the Zoo, and that includes enrichment activities for everyone. Enrichment allows animals to be more active, gives them an interesting environment, and permits them to exhibit natural behaviors. Learn more about how Zoo staff works to stimulate our animals’ senses and how it benefits them.
10/8/2020: Animal Commissary
You will be welcomed to the Zoo’s Animal Commissary, where Zoo staff prepare all food and meals for each animal! Learn more about the diets of various animals, including how much they eat in a week, what the Zoo feeds the animals, and why.
10/15/2020: Animal Health & Wellness
Just like people, animals at the Zoo go in for regular visits and check-ups at the Animal Clinic. Animals in human care have longer lifespans than animals in the wild, and that is due largely in part to the outstanding care they receive from Zoo staff. Learn more at this session about how they measure an animal’s health, including how they train them to participate in their own wellness check.
10/22/2020: Endangered Species
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has a proud history of almost 100 years as Connecticut’s only Zoo. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participant in its Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs, they are committed to the preservation of endangered animals and are actively developing strategies that will protect species and preserve their wild habitats. At this session, Zoo staff will tie the previous sessions (register separately for 10/1, 10/8, & 10/15) together to show how everything they do at the Zoo actively works to protect endangered species around the world.