BRIDGEPORT, Conn., July 31, 2023–-Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to announce the winners from its fifth non-juried photography exhibition, “Photography Goes Wild.” More than 100 photos were submitted from the Zoo’s many dedicated amateur and professional photographers, and hundreds of votes were received online for a People’s Choice winner. This year, two Youth Categories were included: up to 12 years old, and 13 to 17 years old.
Photographers were invited to submit up to three photos of animals from Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, from current or previous years. Judges were Jesse Thompson, co-owner of Milford Photo; Roger Salls, owner of Roger Salls Photography; and Jack Bradley, Zoo volunteer and instructor of Zoo classes on animal photography. Judge for the Youth Category was Ashlie Steinau of Ashlie Steinau Photography.
Teen Program Students Recognized for Achievements at Trumbull Agriscience & Biotechnology Center
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – July 18, 2023 –The Zoo’s Conservation Discovery Corps (CDC) program promises to provide area teens with experiences in local conservation and field work, while offering the opportunity to work beside wildlife biologists. For two CDC students, Trumbull High School rising seniors Sophia Carletto and Noah Green, their work at the Zoo is just one part of their commitment to animals and science.
In addition to their regular coursework in the high school, both attend the Trumbull Agriscience & Biotechnology Center. They were honored at the end of the school year with awards which recognized their extraordinary commitment to animal science. With Sophia’s focus in Wildlife Management and Noah’s in Natural Resources, they both participate in the Supervised Agricultural Experience, with their CDC hours at the Zoo contributing to the required time commitment. Both Sophia and Noah were honored with Proficiency Awards, for in-depth projects that exceeded academic expectations.
Sponsors Signing Up Now for the September 11 Tournament
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – July 13, 2023 – The exclusive Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield is once again the site of one of Fall’s most anticipated golf outings: the 17th Annual Golf Tournament on September 11th to benefit Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Brooklawn’s sloping greens will offer Zoo supporters some of the area’s biggest—and most beautiful—challenges.
This year’s tournament will feature a 1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start, a grill lunch, buffet dinner and drinks throughout the day, and a hat and swag bag. Plus, golfers will enjoy the Silent Auction and Game Board.
Zoo Educator Andrew Connolly Proposes a Common Name
for a Mystery Cockroach, and the Peppered Cockroach Becomes Officia
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – July 11, 2023 – The Entomological Society of America (ESA) has more than 7,000 members who share a passion for insect science, so when Connecticut Beardsley’s Zoo Educator Andrew Connolly reached out to their Governing Board with a request to apply a common name to an unnamed cockroach, they wanted to know more. The ESA Common Names database is an essential reference for anyone who works with insects. It includes more than 2,000 common names and is searchable by common name, scientific name, author, order, family, genus, and species.
It was while researching the characteristics of the Zoo’s Trinidad Cave Cockroach that Connolly became convinced that he was looking at something very similar to the Trinidad Cave species, but there were some odd differences. Specifically, the physical characteristics of the cockroach, such as coloration and wing transparency, did not match what was known for the Trinidad Cave Cockroach. What Connolly saw was more characteristic of a spotted pattern, leading him to look more closely.
A “Beary” Fun Day at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo: Teddy Bear Fest Returns on Saturday, July 15
Teddy Bear Clinic Will Provide Check Ups for Plush Pals; Sponsored by Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – July 6, 2023 – Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear friend or any special plush pal to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This “beary” fun day will feature children’s activities and storytelling focusing on Bear Awareness and the facts about real bears. Plus, bring your teddy bear to the “Teddy Bear Clinic” at the Peacock Pavilion and get a free health checkup for your favorite stuffed animal.
The Teddy Bear Clinic is sponsored by Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. In addition to the Teddy Bear Check Up Clinic staffed by pediatric providers, the special day for children will include a coloring table, cornhole games and hula hoops, and musical entertainment. Each child will receive a free Teddy Bear Hot/Cold Boo Boo Buddy while supplies last.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo appreciates the support it receives from local, regional and national media outlets. Media representatives are invited to tour