1875 Noble Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06610
Description: As part of Autism Awareness Month, the zoo opens at 8:30am for families to become familiar with the environment. An Autism Speaks representative has trained all zoo staff and a quiet area will be available all day for your family's convenience. Pre-register at http://bit.ly/16RvsTH and check in at the Autism Speaks table outside the zoo entrance to take part in this discount. Presented by Autism Speaks and Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo.
Venue Description: The Beardsley Zoo, Connecticut's only zoo, just celebrated its 90th birthday. The zoo is home to more than 300 animals, primarily from North and South America. They also house many endangered and threatened species, such as an Amur (Siberian) tiger, Andean condor, Ocelot, Red wolf, Andean (spectacled) bear, Maned wolf, and Golden lion tamarin. The Zoo welcomed new animals in honor of its birthday, including an Andean condor, Canada lynx and nine vampire bats. There is a South American rainforest exhibit, complete with a free flight aviary, a prairie dog exhibit where you can view the animals "popping" up and the New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs and sheep among other barnyard animals. Bring your classroom to the zoo with the Animal Encounter program. Animal Encounters are short presentations where students meet one or two live animals, see bio facts and learn insider tips. Zoomobiles bring the zoo to you, with indoor educational presentations from live animal ambassadors. The zoo offers year round programs for families, including a summer program for children 6-14 years old. Families can also find refreshments at the Peacock Café, relax at the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a carousel ride.