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Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo - Special Events 2016

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The Penguin Experience - Ever want to meet a penguin? Well, now is your chance! For a limited time only, enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Sal, Squirt, South or Tubbs, four Black Footed African Penguins visiting the Zoo this summer! This experience allows you to get up close and personal to our penguins and meet our
Penguin staff.
Come learn about the history of the penguins, exhibit design, life support systems and the Zoo’s conservation efforts to help this endangered species. Your 20 minute private adventure will begin at the exhibit where you will be greeted by a penguin specialist(s). The specialist will take you and up to 3 other guests behind the scenes to see first-hand how they spend their day caring for our special guests. You will follow in their footsteps up the
stairs to the penguin deck where you will have the chance to meet and interact with African Penguins! Pricing: $150 Non-Member/$100 Member per Penguin Experience includes up to four individuals.
Weekday Experiences are offered 2 times a day promptly at 11am and 1pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only. Weekend Experiences are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am only. Due to the nature of the animals, experiences and time frames may vary and are subject to change without notice. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Experience must be paid in full at the time of reservation.
Read The Penguin Experience Policies and FAQs at
Book your Penguin Experience today! Call (203) 332-424

Move Your Feet Mondays at the Zoo  Enjoy live entertainment at the Peacock Pavilion.

Zoo Patrol - This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 9-11 the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on learning and nature studies may also be a part of the program. Sessions run on zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $140/child for Zoo members and $165/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

Tasty Tuesdays at the Zoo. Sample tasty treats from local vendors all summer long!

August 5 to 7 (11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm) — Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVEFamous for getting everyone involved, Rowlands brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets, and colorful props. Chris creatively blends music, comedy, and education to create fast paced, interactive shows that teach and inspire young people. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Rowlands on stage as he shares his self- penned songs about animals and their environment. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Each performance is 30-35 minutes long.

August 7 — Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Goes to Cabela’s  (East Hartford) Can’t make it to Bridgeport? Then visit with zoo critters (and their zookeepers!) at Cabela’s.

August 26 — AARP Free 4th Fridays AARP members can enjoy free admission to Connecticut’s only zoo on the 4th Friday of each month from June – September 2016. Up to 3 additional guests will receive a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Visit the AARP booth on these dates to receive a 20% off coupon for one item at the Zoo gift shop! To learn more, visit 

August 27 (noon to 3 pm) — Teddy Bear Fest. Bring your favorite teddy bear friend to the Zoo! This “beary” fun day 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 favorite plush animal to the “Teddy Bear Clinic” and are accompanied by a paying adult. Sponsored by Companions & Homemakers, Inc.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a wonderful place to visit - alone or with your family. Spend an hour or the whole day and see more than 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Come learn about our many endangered and threatened species, which include the Amur (Siberian) tiger, Andean condor, Ocelot, Red wolf, Andean (spectacled) bear, Maned wolf, and Golden lion tamarin.
Come see our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, then walk through the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas. Visit the New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep and other barnyard critters. Take a walk along the hoofstock trail featuring bison, pronghorn, deer and more. Before you leave grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove and take a ride on our colorful carousel. We can't wait to see you!
The Connecticut Zoological Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, owns and operates Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo.
The Beardsley Zoo is fully wheelchair accessible. For further information of special needs, please contact the Beardsley Zoo. 
From Rt 15 (Merritt Parkway)
From New Haven: Take Exit 52 (South to Bridgeport) to Rt 8 & 25. Proceed to Exit 5 (Boston Ave). At the end of the ramp, bear right and go to the 5th traffic light. Turn left onto Noble Avenue and proceed to the Beardsley Park entrance on the left. Follow the signs to the Zoo entrance on right.
From New York: Take Exit 49S (Bridgeport) to Rt 25. Proceed to Exit 5 (Boston Ave). At the end of the ramp, bear right and go to the 5th traffic light. Turn left onto Noble Avenue and proceed to the Beardsley Park entrance on the left. Follow signs to the Zoo entrance on right.
From I-95 (CT Turnpike)
Take Exit 27A to Rt 8 & 25. Proceed to Exit 5 (Boston Ave). At the traffic light at the end of the ramp, go left to the 4th traffic light. Turn left onto Noble Avenue and proceed to the Beardsley Park entrance on the left. Follow signs to the Zoo entrance on right.

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06610
Main Number: (203) 394-6565
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