Zoo Announces its August Events

Fri, 07/23/2010

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (July 23, 2010) - Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, the state’s only Zoo, announces exciting additions to its summer calendar of events.


JUST ADDED! July 31 – August 1: Chris Rowlands’ Farmin’ Fever, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Join us to for a weekend of song, dance, learning and family fun as we welcome Nationally-Acclaimed and Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter and Naturalist, Chris Rowlands back to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. Chris is back by popular demand, bringing his original songs, humor and ventriloquism to our stage to delight children, families and all guests alike! All shows are free with admission.


August 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29: Wildlife of the World, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Come on over and meet some the world’s most fascinating animals! Explore exotic places like deserts, rain forests, wetlands and even Connecticut’s backyard forests while learning about the amazing adaptations that allow animals to call those places home. Presented at the Zoo's Learning Circle, this event is FREE with Zoo admission.

August 2-6, 9-13: Zoo Patrol, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Zoo Patrol is an exciting summer activities program offered for children. Situated on Zoo grounds, children participate in talks and activities with Zoo staff, play animal-related games and participate in arts and crafts. Each day’s activities vary and may include preparing an animal enrichment item, nature walks and getting a glimpse behind the scenes. Sessions run Monday through Friday. Each week is $130/child for members and $150/child for non-members. Weeks one and two are for children ages 12 – 15; weeks two and three are for children ages 7 – 11. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

August 2-6, 9-13, 16-20: Animal Tales, 1:00 pm
Visit us for story time, a special craft and even an animal encounter each weekday. All activities are free with the purchase of Zoo admission. Families with children under age 6 are welcome.

August 7: Animal Enrichment Day, Noon – 3:00 pm
Animal enrichment provides animals with items and activities that enhance their mental and physical well-being. By utilizing different forms of enrichment such as sensory, mobility and dietary, we are able to promote natural behaviors such as scent marking, climbing and foraging. Animal Enrichment Day gives visitors an opportunity to learn about how Zoo staff enriches animal life. Join us for talks, demonstrations and a display of enrichment items used at the Zoo, and a raffle to win a behind-the-scenes tour at the Zoo!

August 15: Teddy Bear Fest, Noon - 3:00 pm
Bring your favorite teddy bear friend to the Zoo! This “beary” fun day also will feature children’s crafts and storytelling focusing on Bear Awareness and the facts about real bears. Free admission for children under age 12 who bring their teddy bear to the “Teddy Bear Clinic” and are accompanied by a paying adult.

UPDATED LISTING! August 18: Evening Lecture Series:
Bat Chat: Getting to Know Our Most Misunderstood Allies, 7:00 pm
Bats have occupied our planet for fifty million years yet we have only seriously studied them over the last six decades! Through Q&A, a brief power point presentation, and the help of a charming Big Brown bat named Theo, we’ll explore biology, ecology, sonar, and the cultural highs and horrific lows of these extraordinary, and often misunderstood creatures. Gerri Griswold, the Director of Administration and Development at The White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, Connecticut is the presenter for this thought-provoking lecture. This lecture, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association. Admission is FREE with donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served.

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $11.00, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $9.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members are also admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge. The main information phone number is: (203) 394-6565.

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About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo:
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Visitors won’t want to miss our new Bald Eagle Exhibit, Amur (Siberian) tigers, ocelots, red & maned wolves, Andean (spectacled) bears, and golden lion tamarins. Other highlights include our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with “pop-up” viewing areas, the New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep and other barnyard critters, plus the hoofstock trail featuring bison, pronghorn, deer and more. Visitors can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful carousel. For more information, visit http://www.beardsleyZoo.org