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.
Beardsley Bart,” Connecticut’s Prognosticating Prairie Dog, Makes His Groundhog Day Weather Prediction
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s Prairie Dog Forecaster Says Spring is Coming
BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut – February 2, 2023 - Who needs Punxsutawney Phil when you have ‘Beardsley Bart?’ Beardsley Bart, Connecticut’s own Prognosticating Prairie Dog shared his weather forecast with a small gathering of his friends early this morning. This year, he did not see his shadow, revealing that Connecticut will enjoy an early spring.
“Beardsley Bart is a very early riser and when he came out this morning, he confirmed that he did not see his shadow,” explained Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “But every year, Beardsley Bart says that spring is coming eventually, and he has always been 100 percent correct.”
“Beardsley Bart,” Connecticut’s Prognosticating Prairie Dog, Offers His Weather Prediction Feb 2 at 7:03 a.m.
BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut – January 30, 2023- Who needs Punxsutawney Phil when you have ‘Beardsley Bart?’ Beardsley Bart, Connecticut’s own Prognosticating Prairie Dog, will be making a sunrise appearance on Groundhog’s Day to share his weather forecast on Thursday, Feb. 2. Bart’s closest confidant and Prairie Dog Interpreter Gregg Dancho, director of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, will translate for Bart when the sun rises at 7:03 a.m.
“Beardsley Bart is a very early riser and an eternal optimist,” explains Dancho. “He’s happy to greet the day and share his infallible predictions on the arrival of spring.”
Dancho will be on hand for interviews and photos on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave in Bridgeport. He can be found at the prairie dog “pop up” exhibit, where he will be watching for Beardsley Bart to pop up.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo appreciates the support it receives from local, regional and national media outlets. Media representatives are invited to tour