Summer 2012

A 90th birthday is definitely cause for celebration, and Bridgeport's Beardsley Zoo is inviting visitors to join the fun this summer with a series of daily specials from through Labor Day.

For this birthday year the zoo will roll back admission to $9 every Monday, offer $1 carousel rides on Tuesday, and half price Wednesday admission to anyone born in the '90s. When the temperature goes over 90 degrees on Thursday, one child gets free admission with a paying adult, and the 90th guest each Friday pays no admission at all. All year, free admission will be offered to everyone who comes to the zoo with proof that it is his or her birthday.

Many special events are planned as well. Among them are Chris Rowlands "LIVE", kid-friendly performances of songs, dance, and puppets, with colorful props and interactive fun scheduled three times daily June 23 - 30, July 26 – 31 and August 3 – 10. Rainforest Reptile Shows will take place Thursday through Sunday the entire month of August, featuring exotic crawlers and creepers including "Fred," a seven-foot alligator, The Zoo Reptile Trailer, a mobile exhibit, will offer 40 live animal displays,

Long a favorite family destination in Connecticut's Fairfield County, the zoo is home to more than 300 animals and many endangered species, such as the Amur (Siberian) tiger, Andean condor, Ocelots, Andean (spectacled) bears, and golden lion tamarins. Popular features include a South American rainforest exhibit, a prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, a "hoofstock trail" featuring bison and pronghorn, deer and a New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep and other barnyard critters. A café and carousel add to the fun.

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm. Regular admission is $12.00 for adults, $10 for children age 3-11. For directions and complete event schedules, see www.beardsleyzoo.org.

For more information about nearby summer activities and a free copy of the Fairfield County Getaway Guide, contact the Western Connecticut Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506, www.visitwesternct.com.