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Visit The Beardsley Zoo

We may be right in the thick of winter, but that doesn't mean you have to stay holed up in your home. It's still important to get some fresh air (even if it is on the chilly side) and we have an exciting outdoor destination just a few miles from your home in Shelton, Connecticut.

The Beardsley Zoo is a quaint zoo nestled inside the sprawling Beardsley Park. For over 90 years, visitors have enjoyed observing a variety of species in natural habitats. The Beardsley Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) and works diligently to conserve and protect endangered species and educate the public.

Visitors can begin their zoo visit with a stop at the Wolf Observation Learning Facility. This observation point allows multiple views of the incredible Red and Mexican wolves. Red wolves were nearing extinction when zoos began to capture and breed them with the goal of increasing their population and reintroducing them into the wild. The Beardsley Zoo has contributed eight pups raised in Bridgeport to the reintroduction program.

Moving along the path (which comes around in a full circle) visitors can catch a glimpse of the adorable and mischievous prairie dogs, popping in and out of their burrows. Children will enjoy the observation tunnel, where they can pop up in their own clear-encased burrow to see the action up close.

A variety of mammals can be seen while walking along the main path, including giant anteaters, bison, and whitetail deer. You'll be amazed by the beautiful, sleek movements of the Amur leopard and the huge, commanding presence of the Amur tiger. Stop by the Aviary and Alligator Alley to see beautiful birds and adorable river otters playing. The Rainforest Building is home to fascinating animals like the two-toed sloth, the incredibly adorable red panda, and playful monkeys. Finish your stroll at the New England Farmyard where you can find cute piglets, friendly goats, and majestic snowy owls.

The Jungle Canteen and the Peacock Cafe are great spots to grab a quick snack and you're sure to find lovely souvenirs at the zoo gift shop on your way out. The Beardsley Zoo is a great spot to spend a few hours marveling over the beauty of nature, even on a chilly winter day. The zoo is open all year, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Please feel free to contact us for more information on great places to visit this winter.

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