BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – May 19, 2020 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo announced today that its official re-opening date following the COVID-19 pandemic closure will be on Monday, June 1. A number of new safety measures are being put in place in the next ten days, including staff training, new cleaning protocols, social distancing guidelines for guests, and signage. A press day to introduce the new protocols is scheduled for Friday, May 29 at 11:00 a.m.
Edited to add: On Tuesday, April 21 there will be a FrogWatch webinar via Zoom put on by The Maritime Aquarium and Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. Click here to register.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – February 25, 2020 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo invites residents to become Citizen-Scientist volunteers and participate in a “FrogWatch” census in area wetlands. In a collaboration between the Zoo, The Maritime Aquarium, and Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History, volunteers will make regular visits to wetlands in their neighborhoods and keep a frog log to record the frog and toad calls they hear. Working with experts, volunteers will learn about local frog species, then visit wetlands once or twice a week for about 15 minutes each night this spring and summer.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – January 29, 2020 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo was selected to receive 15% of proceeds from wine sales from Fairfield, Conn.-based Ardaso Wine. The company’s CEO, Sonja Narcisse, named the Zoo as a recipient of the company’s corporate giving program beginning in January 2020.
Flower Stalks Towering Overhead in the Victorian Greenhouse Take Decades to Appear; Watch is on for First Blooms
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – January 21, 2020 –Looking like a giant asparagus spear, flower stalks have appeared in the center of two different Agave plants, each colloquially known as a “Century plant” for the decades it requires to reproduce. One of the two has rapidly grown to more than nine feet; the second is more than seven feet. Adding approximately three inches every day, soon the spears will be brushing the high ceilings of the Victorian Greenhouse, where the last Century plant bloomed in 2003.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. –— January 13, 2020 – Two of the rarest of the big cats on earth will celebrate their first birthday at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on Saturday, January 25. The Zoo’s two Amur leopard cubs, Orion and Kallisto (Panthera pardus orientalis), were born January 25, 2019, adding to the important species survival work being done at the AZA-accredited facility. The male Amur leopard cub, Orion, and the melanistic (an extremely rare black color variant) female, Kallisto, were hand-reared by Zoo staff.
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