Phase One of a Multi-Year Plan Begins This Fall
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – September 28, 2023 – Changbai, a sixteen-year-old Amur tiger and the mother of cubs born at the Zoo in 2017, is scheduled to depart Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Born on May 24, 2007, Changbai arrived at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in January 2017 from the Philadelphia Zoo. After a brief transfer to the Columbus Zoo, Changbai returned in 2020. Her departure is scheduled for early next week.
After the birth of two endangered Amur tiger cubs in November 2017, the Zoo began a campaign to create a new, more spacious home for its tigers. Pamela Kochiss Werth first stepped forward with a $1 million pledge for a new tiger habitat, with additional funds raised from Zoo supporters. In April 2022, the Zoo received $4.1 million in funding from the state in bond awards, which made the new tiger habitat a reality.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – August 31, 2023 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to release its calendar for September through December 2023. Fall is a wonderful time to visit the Zoo, so make plans to get outside with the family for fresh air while the beautiful weather lasts! 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 for the most up to date information.
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Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please register online at www.beardsleyzoo.org.
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.
The First Birth of a Spider Monkey at the Zoo
Since the 1980s is a Conservation Success
BRIDGEPORT, Conn.–August 24, 2023 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is happy to announce the birth of a black-handed spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi geoffroyi) to parents Janet and Gilligan this week, after a gestation period of seven and a half months. Born fully furred with its eyes open, the baby will spend its first 16 weeks of life carried on its mother’s stomach, until it’s strong enough to be carried on her back. Guests may see the baby held in its mother’s arms, but the family has free access both to their main habitat and to their inside sleeping area, so they may not be visible all the time.
Annual Fundraising Event Will Support the Zoo’s
Mission of Conservation and Education
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – August 22, 2023 – When a passionate group of animal lovers, board members, and Zoo supporters get together, the outcome is a fun and festive way to raise funds for Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. A group of women and men from around the region have joined forces to create the Zoo’s fourth in-person Gala, this year celebrating the multi-generational impact the Zoo has had on conservationists of all ages.
The elegant evening affair, designed to raise money to support the Zoo’s mission of conserving critically endangered species, will be held on November 11, 2023, at the Inn at Longshore in Westport. This year’s Gala will feature cocktails, a seated dinner, silent and live auctions, musical entertainment, and animal encounters at a beautiful venue on the water.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo appreciates the support it receives from local, regional and national media outlets. Media representatives are invited to tour