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.
A Note from the Zoo Director Hello Everyone! Our Centennial Celebration continues this fall with two very special events: Glow Wild, and our Centennial Gala. Glow Wild is our family-friendly evening lantern festival that begins September 15,…Read More »
A Note from the Zoo Director Hello Everyone! Have you met our new spider monkeys? Bertha and Janet have joined Gilligan and TT and we now have a happy troop of four! Bertha, age 30, and Janet, age 16, came to us from the Montgomery Zoo in…Read More »
Join the Zoo on the golf course as we tee up for conservation on Monday, September 12, 2022! On Monday, September 12, 2022 Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will host its annual Golf Tournament at the exclusive…Read More »
Join the Zoo on the golf course as we tee up for conservation on Monday, September 12, 2022! On Monday, September 12, 2022 Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will host its annual Golf Tournament at the exclusive Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield,…Read More »
A Note from the Zoo Director Hello Everyone! Summer is in full swing at the Zoo! We begin our Centennial Animal Shows on Friday, July 1, continuing all summer long every Thursday and Friday at 11am and 2pm. On Saturdays and Sundays,…Read More »
A Note from the Zoo Director Hello Everyone! It took 100 years, but we're ready for our Centennial Celebration on June 25th! Join us from 11-3 as we reflect on the Zoo's history and just how far animal care and welfare has come since 1922.…Read More »
A Note from the Zoo Director Hello Everyone! It's the merry month of May with some of the most beautiful days of the year ahead. A perfect time of the year to visit us at the Zoo! In preparation for our fourth annual Photo Contest, Zoo Volunteer…Read More »
Dear Zoo Friends, I am writing you today to ask for your help in reaching our goal of raising $100,000 for our 100th birthday. Thanks to your ongoing support we have so much to celebrate this year. The impact of your support is profound!…Read More »
A Note from the Zoo Director Hello Everyone! Someone once described April's brilliant days as "sparkling as a newly-washed lemon." If you're looking for the perfect place to enjoy sunshine and flowers after a long winter, the Zoo is the place!…Read More »
A Note from the Zoo Director Hello Everyone! We all have our favorite signs of spring that we watch for each year: robins returning, snowdrops blooming, and the sun setting just a little bit later each evening. One of my favorite signs of spring…Read More »
A Note from the Zoo Director Hello Everyone! Groundhog Day answers our most important question this month: will we have six more weeks of winter, or is spring right around the corner? Beardsley Bart, our prognosticating prairie dog, woke…Read More »
Celebrating 100 Years In 1922, the Zoo began with a donation of 18 birds and some Barnum circus retirees. Today, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a state of the art, accredited, non-profit facility working year-round to care for more than…Read More »
A Note from Our Zoo Director Hello Everyone! As our 99th year draws to a close, I'm reflecting on how far we've come as the state's only Zoo. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1987, our work today focuses on…Read More »
A Note from Our Zoo Director Hello Everyone! Another calendar page has turned, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. There's still lots to do at the Zoo this month, and plenty of beautiful days to enjoy outdoors. Come join us…Read More »
A Note from Our Zoo Director Hello Everyone! It was a wonderful summer at the Zoo! We were thrilled to welcome children and families for Summer at the Museum, the state's free program for Connecticut children. We loved seeing all the happy faces.…Read More »
A Note from Our Zoo Director We're rounding the corner of the summer season, but there are still lots of sunny summer days left to visit the Zoo. The KIDS ARE FREE program has been a tremendous success. We're so glad to welcome Connecticut…Read More »
A Note from Our Zoo Director July is starting off with a bang! First, thanks to the state of Connecticut and funds from the American Rescue Plan, the Zoo will launch a summer-long KIDS ARE FREE program at the Zoo every day from July 1 through…Read More »
A Note from Our Zoo Director So much is happening at the Zoo! As the state's Covid-19 numbers continue to drop and the restrictions are lifted, we've made a few changes here, too. I'm happy to tell you that the Rainforest Building and the Carousel…Read More »
Beardsley Bracket Challenge It's tournament season and it's time to find out who's the favorite animal at the Zoo! Visit the Zoo's website to download and fill out your bracket with who you think is the favorite animal at Connecticut's Beardsley…Read More »
A Note from Our Zoo Director Beginning a new year together is always bright with promise, and even with the difficulties we face, this year is no different. Our conservation efforts are ongoing even in the midst of the pandemic, we continue to…Read More »
A Note from Our Zoo Director Hello Everyone! There's "snow" place like the Zoo for the holidays! This year, we've created our first-ever Winter Wonderland Walk. It's our way of providing a safe, outdoor opportunity for families and individuals to…Read More »
Submissions are due Thursday, October 15, 2020 Join Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo this winter as we transform our zoo grounds into a Winter Wonderland with 10 one-of-a-kind snow-people sculptures from local artists. Art will be on display at…Read More »