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."
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Feb 13, 2023 – With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, love is in the air for animals at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s, especially for one of the resident bachelors: Peanut, the red wolf. The Zoo is now the new home for Taylor, an eight-year-old female red wolf, newly arrived from the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina. Taylor has spent the past several weeks in quarantine, required for all new arrivals, becoming accustomed to her new home. Once she was verified to be in excellent physical condition by the Zoo’s on-site veterinarian, Taylor was gradually introduced to Peanut.
Wolves, like people and other animals, have individual characteristics. “Taylor is very shy and it may take some time for her to be comfortable in her new surroundings,” explained General Curator Rob Tomas, adding that guests may not see her immediately, or only catch a glimpse of her at first.
It’s two to one for the Eagles!
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – February 10, 2023 – Football team loyalties can sink the closest relationships, especially when support for either the Kansas City Chiefs or Philadelphia Eagles has friends and family members on opposing sides. Human sports experts have made their own predictions, but if you’re still undecided about which team to support, stick your neck out and go with the tortoises and turtles at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo!
Watch as a pair of Eastern box turtles, Igor the Russian tortoise, and Darwin the gopher tortoise come out of their shells to choose the Philadelphia Eagles, two to one, as their projected winner. Animals have a proud history of picking Super Bowl winners. This year, animal bet makers at zoos around the country have included African lions, red pandas, sea lions, giraffes, and orangutans.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – February 7, 2022 – 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.
The watch begins a half hour after sunset, making the watch ideal for families with older children. Observations are reported to a national online database to contribute to amphibian conservation efforts. FrogWatch coordinators at each facility keep up to date on data results for participants.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo appreciates the support it receives from local, regional and national media outlets. Media representatives are invited to tour