BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – March 22, 2023 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to release its calendar for April through June 2023. Spring is a wonderful time to visit the Zoo, as many of the animals are more active in cool weather, so make plans to get outside with the family for fresh air! The Zoo plans fun and educational special events and seasonal programs for the entire family, most of which are free with the cost of admission. Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org or Facebook (@ConnecticutsBeardsleyZoo) for the most up to date information.
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $19.00; children (ages 3 -11) is $15.00, senior admission (62 and older) is $15.00 and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is located at 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut, and parking at the zoo is free of charge.
The Zoo is open seven days a week from 9-4, year-round.
Peacock Café: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grill closes 30 minutes before closing.
Carousel: Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Final ride at 3:45 p.m.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – March 3, 2023 – The family at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is saddened to announce the unexpected passing of Sedge, a male North American river otter (Lutra canadensis). He was four years old. Sedge was recently under medical care for an infection. His necropsy, standard for all animals who pass from an undetermined illness, will be performed by the Pathology Lab at the University of Connecticut. Results may take several days to several weeks.
Sedge arrived in 2021 from the Alexandria Zoological Gardens in Louisiana as a companion for Tahu. Four-year-old Tahu is in good health.
“Sedge will be deeply missed by all of us here at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “He had a unique personality and related well both to his companion, Tahu, and to his animal care staff. It has been our privilege to have known him for two years.”
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – March 2, 2023– Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, one of 57 zoos nationwide with Mexican grey wolves in its collection, recently welcomed Cheryl Asa, Ph.D., as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)’s Mexican Wolf Recovery Program. The bi-national Recovery Program is managed by the AZA’s Species Survival Plan (SSP) in concert with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Mexican counterparts.
Asa, a reproduction advisor in the recovery program and affiliate scientist of the Saint Louis Zoo, came to Bridgeport with her colleagues Rebecca Bose and Louisa Gagliardi from the Wolf Conservation Center to collect semen samples from the Zoo’s two male Mexican grey wolves. Declared extinct in the wild in 1980, the Mexican grey wolf (Canis lupus baileyi), known as “el lobo,” faces ongoing genetic threats to its survival. The current Mexican grey wolf population comes from just seven original “founders,” wolves captured by three private breeders before their numbers plummeted. Genetic diversity suffered as those separate pairs of wolves were inbred. Genetic analyses and careful breeding after zoos in the U.S. and Mexico acquired the wolves and initiated the recovery program has created a genetically healthier population.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – February 24, 2023 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo released plans today for the Zoo’s traditional summer children’s program, Zoo Patrol, for summer 2023. Six weeklong sessions are planned, covering dates from July 3 through August 11. There are three sessions for children ages 7-11, and three sessions for children ages 11-13. Registration begins at beardsleyzoo.org on February 27.
im Knox, the Zoo’s curator of education and father of three ‘Zoo Patrollers,’ said, "The Zoo Patrol experience is a program like no other which brings the wonder of the wild world into the hearts and minds of young children. My three kids were so excited about their time in Zoo Patrol. We talked about it every night over dinner...and then, we signed up for more!"
Charles Dumais, Ed.D., Appointed President of Connecticut Zoological Society’s Board of Directors
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – February 23, 2023 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo today announced Charles Dumais, Ed.D., has been appointed president of the Connecticut Zoological Society, the Zoo’s governing board, through the 2024 fiscal year. He takes over the position from former president Kimberly Rodney. A board member since 2018, Dumais is responsible for leading the board in organizational planning, financial oversight, and driving the mission of the zoo forward.
“I am delighted to welcome Chip Dumais as he assumes leadership of the Connecticut Zoological Society’s board,” said immediate past president Kim Rodney. “Together with our new slate of board officers, he will effectively provide guidance as the Zoo begins its second century.”
Zoo Director Gregg Dancho said, " The Connecticut Zoological Society Board of dedicated volunteers is integral to the health and wellbeing of the Zoo. Chip Dumais has been a valued and active member, and I look forward to our continued work together in his new capacity."
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