Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Address: 1875 Noble Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06610
Phone: 203-394-6565

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo has a proud history of over 80 years as Connecticut's only zoo. As an accredited member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) and participant in its Species Survival Plan (SSP), we are committed to the preservation of endangered animals and are actively developing strategies that will protect species and preserve their wild habitats. Through education, conservation, research and recreation, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo provides a wonderfully wild experience for students and families.

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is dedicated to acquainting a diverse public to the delicate balance that exists between living things and their environment.

Animal exhibits, plantings, graphics, and Zoo programs are to be represented in such a manner as to give the visitor a sense of awareness and concern for the intricate beauty and fragility of our planet.

This mission is achieved by a master plan comprised of the following goals.

Education, through staff involvement and training, outreach programs, workshops, lectures, docent volunteers, natural animal exhibits, informational and interpretive graphics, and research by utilizing staff, universities and other zoological facilities.

Conservation, through participation in in situ and ex situ endangered species programs such as the Species Survival Program, Zoo Conservation Outreach Group, etc. Also through professional animal and veterinary care and a comprehensive animal management policy.

Recreation, through state-of-the-art exhibit design, well-run visitor services (i.e., food and gift concessions, rides, rest rooms and parking) and to maximize the natural and park-like setting by formal and informal landscaping.

Recent News

  • Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo News - March 2018

    A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR ... Gregg DanchoThe Zoo continues to grow! In addition to the birth of our new Amur tiger cubs (Reka and Zeya), and our maned wolf pups (two girls and a boy!), we've welcomed a beautiful female Red panda, Meri, as a companion for Rochan. Her arrival ...

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  • Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo News - February 2018

    Take a Peek at Our Tiger CubcamWhen you need a dose of cuteness, watch our two playful Amur tiger cubs through the cubcam set up in their nursery. It's available from 8:30 am to 8 pm daily. Asian New Year EventJoin us on Saturday, Feb. 17 from noon to 3 pm to celebrate the Y...

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  • Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo news: Meet Our New Additions

    This includes the birth of two new tiger cubs. This birth is significant, as this critically endangered species is rapidly disappearing from the wild.Threatened by habitat loss, poaching, tiger-human conflict, and loss of food sources, four of nine tiger subspecies have disa...

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  • Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo News - December 2017

    Breakfast with Frosty and Friends Join Frosty, Santa and their friends for breakfast and photos in our Carousel building on Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17 and 23. Reservations are required. Details. Reindeer are Here! Santa has lent us two of his reindeer for the holidays. You can se...

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