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Animal Planet’s ‘THE ZOO’ features Cora, Beardsley Zoo’s White-Naped Crane

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Oct 292021
 

Cora (Photo by Jack Bradley)

Some birds are born famous, some achieve fame, and some have fame thrust upon ‘em. Cora, a white-naped crane chick who
arrived at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo from the Bronx Zoo in January 2020, had fame in her future.

Hatched at the Bronx Zoo in 2020, Cora’s story from birth was filmed as part of a segment for the fifth season of Animal Planet’s THE ZOO, the series which showcases the hard work and heartwarming moments of daily life at the Bronx Zoo and its sister parks across New York City. When Cora was selected to be a companion for the Beardsley Zoo’s male crane McDuffy, her transfer was arranged with a film crew by her side.

Her arrival as a seven-month-old crane with juvenile plumage went smoothly, and due to her

Cora and McDuffy (Photo by Jack Bradley)

age, her full introduction to the Zoo’s male crane was delayed until summer, 2021. Today guests can see both white-naped cranes in the large grassy habitat next to the red pandas.

Season Five of THE ZOO premiered on Animal Planet on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
The white-naped crane episode featuring Cora will air on Saturday, October 30 at 9 PM. Fans can also follow the conversation on social media #TheZoo and follow Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates.

Click HERE to watch a clip of a teaser for Saturday’s show.

Zoo Director Gregg Dancho said, “Cora is a beautiful new addition and contributes to the Zoo’s demonstration of the rich biodiversity in nature. We continually look for new and unusual species to educate and delight our guests that also meet our mission of wildlife conservation.”

There are an estimated 5,000 white-naped cranes living in the wild, and the species is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

About White-Naped Cranes

White Naped Crane (Photo by Jack Bradley)

White-naped cranes are an elegant species native to northern Mongolia, southern Siberia, Korea, Japan, and central China.  They have a white nape and vertical gray stripes on their necks, as well as a distinct red patch surrounding their eyes. They are found in in grassy marshes, wet sedge meadows and reed beds in broad river valleys,
lake depressions and boggy upland wetlands. They prefer areas where their nests can be concealed and there is little grazing pressure.

Habitat destruction of wetlands due to agricultural expansion, as well as hunting, pose the most critical threat to their survival. Since 1994, AZA institutions have been sending surplus White-naped crane eggs to Russia to be reared and released to the wild. Currently, the International Crane Foundation is also involved in the conservation of White-naped cranes throughout their range in eastern Asia.

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 99th  year, features 350 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tigers and leopards, maned wolves, Mexican gray wolves, and red wolves. Other highlights include our new Spider
Monkey Habitat, the Rainforest Building, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with Giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can ride on the carousel, grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. Connecticut’s

Beardsley Zoo is a non-profit organization approaching its 100 th  year at a time when the mission of helping fragile wildlife populations and eco-systems is more important than ever.

Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org. In accordance with the state of Connecticut COVID-19 guidelines: we recommend that guests continue to wear masks while visiting the Zoo, but when guests are outside and can
maintain social distance, masks may be removed. In any indoor area, or when social distancing cannot be maintained, masks are required. Everyone over the age of two, with the exception of those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them, should have a mask available.

Reka, The Tiger Is Leaving The Beardsley Zoo

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Oct 132021
 

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will say goodbye next week to Reka, a female Amur tiger born at the Zoo, as she moves to a new permanent home.

We watched them grow

Born on November 25, 2017, Reka and her sister Zeya were raised by the Zoo’s animal care staff when their mother, Changbai, displayed no interest in her cubs. Zoo guests and supporters have followed Reka and Zeya’s journey from newborns whose survival was uncertain to the healthy young adult tigers they are today.

Managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), inter-regional transfers are arranged with careful attention to gene diversity in the hope that successful breeding will take place.

Last year, Zeya was sent to Rosamond Gifford Zoo as an excellent genetic match to that Zoo’s resident male tiger. Reka’s new home zoo will announce her arrival once a standard quarantine period is complete later this fall.  Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo remains home to Reka and Zeya’s mother, Changbai.

Amur tigers are very rare and are critically endangered in the wild. According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) statistics, today Amur tigers are thought to occupy less than seven percent of their original range.

Threatened by habitat loss and degradation, poaching, tiger-human conflict, and loss of prey, four of nine subspecies have disappeared from the wild just in the past hundred years. The future of the Amur tiger has been a major concern of the world’s zoos for many years as the species has been pushed toward extinction.

There is an SSP program in place for many species of animals through oversight by a group called the Taxon Advisory Group (TAG). The SSP makes breeding recommendations based on genetics, age and health of animals, and need for more of the species to protect future populations.

An Amur Tiger

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s Deputy Director, Don Goff, is the Co-Chair of the National Felid TAG group. He leads a committee of AZA-accredited zoo members whose goal is to save declining species.

“As sad as we are to say goodbye to Reka, the planned transfer of animals to other member zoos ensures the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied AZA population,” Goff explained.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has had repeated success in breeding endangered species, a testament to the Zoo’s animal care specialists and the highest quality of animal care.

The Zoo has been the birthplace of multiple endangered species in recent years, including Amur tiger cubs, maned wolf pups, red wolf pups, three baby Giant anteaters, and two Amur leopard cubs.

About Amur tigers

The Amur, once called the Siberian tiger, is a rare subspecies of tiger, and the largest cat in the world. Adult male tigers can weigh up to 675 pounds, with females weighing up to 350 pounds. Similar to people’s fingerprints, no two tigers have the same striped pattern.

Amur tigers differ from other tigers with fewer, paler stripes, and a mane that helps to keep them warm. They live in southeast Russia as well as small areas of China and North Korea. They live for 10-15 years in the wild, and up to 22 years in human care.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Launches “Kids Are Free” for Summer on July 1

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Jun 302021
 

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will launch its “Connecticut Kids Are Free” for summer program on Thursday, July 1, along with other museums, historical sites, and family attractions in Connecticut. Funded by the state through the American Rescue Plan, the Zoo will provide free admission to any Connecticut resident 18 years and younger, along with one accompanying adult.

Guests must register for free tickets online at www.beardsleyzoo.org. The program runs from July 1 through September 6.

The full list of participating museums is available at www.CTSummerMuseums.com.

In addition to “Kids Are Free,” the Zoo will conduct a special summer-long program called Food for Thought (FFT) in partnership with Cooperative Educational Services (CES) and Green Village Initiative (GVI). The program will teach students and families about the benefits of fresh, healthy food and how gardening and farming enrich our lives.

Zoo educators, along with teen volunteers from the Zoo’s Conservation Discovery Corps and Zoo Career Explorers, Zoo docents and gardeners, GVI educators and youth, and special guest presenters, will present interactive activities, demonstrations, and visits with animals five days a week at kiosks around the Zoo.

“We’re happy to offer an opportunity for children to explore nature, enjoy the outdoors and learn about wildlife after a long year of restricted activities,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “We know the pandemic has been hardest on kids, so the opening of our renovated New England Farmyard on July 10 and the additional learning opportunities through our Food for Thought program will help to make it a great summer for everyone!”

“This program provides a unique opportunity for children to take advantage of the world-class museums and attractions offered in Connecticut, while having both a fun and educational experience,” Governor Lamont said.

The Zoo’s renovated New England Farmyard officially opens to the public on Saturday, July 10, and will be the site of many of the farm-based educational activities. The FFT program is especially vital now due to the economic and educational disruptions caused by the pandemic, which were felt more intensely in urban and low-income areas that already had limited access to healthy food choices. The activities at the Zoo centered around the benefits of fresh, healthy food will emphasize how individuals and families can build whole foods into the core of their diet.

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Meet Tahu, The Beardsley Zoo’s New River Otter

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Dec 192020
 

Tahu (Photo by Jack Bradley)

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is the new home for Tahu, a one-year-old female North American river otter newly arrived from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Wash.

After the Zoo’s last river otter passed away in 2019 from advanced age, the Zoo engaged in long-planned improvements to the otter habitat. With renovations complete, Tahu has joined the Zoo family and will be joined by a male companion in the future. 

Tahu (Photo by Jack Bradley)

As a species, river otters have suffered from habitat loss, water pollution, and fur trapping. Their numbers are on the rise due to reintroduction programs in parts of the U.S., better water quality, and protection of their habitats.

Zoo Director Gregg Dancho said, “Our river otters have always been some of the most popular animals who make their home here at the Zoo, for their playful nature and intelligence as well as their role as an iconic North American animal. We’re pleased to welcome Tahu to the Zoo.” 

About North American River Otters

River otters, members of the weasel family, can run on land as well as swim. They are playful and agile athletes, sliding down hills of mud or snow to land with a splash in water. Their tails are muscular and comprise up to 40 percent of the otter’s body length. They can move through the water as fast as eight miles per hour and can dive to 36 feet. Found throughout most of North America, the river otter lives in aquatic habitats: streams, rivers, lakes, ponds and marshes. They prefer unpolluted water with minimal human disturbance. 

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 98th year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species.

Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tigers and leopards, maned wolves, and Mexican grey and red wolves. Other highlights include our new Spider Monkey Habitat, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with Giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries.

Guests can grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a non-profit organization approaching its 100th year at a time when the mission of helping fragile wildlife populations and eco-systems is more important than ever.

Getting Tickets

The Zoo reopened on June 1. Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org. Face masks are required for everyone over the age of two, with the exception of those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them.

Changbai Is Back!

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Dec 162020
 

(Photo by by Melanie Bradley)

Changbai, a thirteen-year-old Amur tiger and the mother of cubs born at the Zoo in 2017, has returned to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.

After arriving from her most recent home at the Columbus Zoo, Changbai underwent a normal quarantine period. Once again comfortable with her surroundings, Changbai is now residing in the tiger habitat in the predator area, next to her daughter, Reka.

Born on May 24, 2007, at the Philadelphia Zoo, Changbai resided at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo for two years before being transferred to Columbus as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’
(AZA) Species Survival Plan.

Amur tigers are very rare and are critically endangered in the wild.
According to the AZA, today Amur tigers are thought to occupy less than seven percent of their original range.

(Photo by Jack Bradley)

Threatened by habitat loss and degradation, poaching, tiger-human conflict, and loss of prey, four of nine subspecies have disappeared from the wild just in the past hundred years. The future of the Amur tiger has been a major concern of the world’s zoos for many years.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s Deputy Director, Don Goff, is the Co-Chair of the National Felid Taxon Advisory Group (TAG). He leads a committee of AZA-accredited zoo members whose goal is to help have sustainable populations of felid species.

“The planned transfer of animals to other member zoos ensures the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied AZA population,” explained Goff. “We’re happy to welcome Chang back to the Zoo, where she can continue to be an ambassador for her species, educating our guests about the importance of conservation.”

About Amur tigers

The Amur tiger is a rare subspecies of tiger and the largest cat in the world. Adult male tigers can weigh up to 675 pounds, with females weighing up to 350 pounds, although they average 200-250
pounds. Chang is large for a female Amur tiger, weighing 340 pounds.

Similar to people’s fingerprints, no two tigers have the same striped pattern. Amur tigers differ from other tigers with fewer, paler stripes, and a mane that helps to keep them warm. They live in southeast Russia as well as small areas of China and North Korea.

They live for 10-15 years in the wild and up to 22 years in captivity.

Visit the Beardsley Zoo

The Zoo reopened on June 1. Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org. Face masks are required for everyone over the age of two, with the exception of those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Mourns the Loss of Red Panda

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Jul 312020
 

Meri, the Red Panda (Jack Bradley)

The family at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is saddened to announce the passing of Meri, a seven-year-old female Red panda, on Monday, July 27. The Zoo’s animal care team found that she had passed away in her sleep during the night, with no obvious signs of distress. A post-mortem necropsy showed that the cause was a cardiac condition.

The Zoo sent out this notice today: Born on June 27, 2013, at the Detroit Zoo, Meri came to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on January 11, 2018, from the Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington, Delaware. She was named for Meriadoc Brandybuck, a character in J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings. She was a beloved member of the Zoo family.

“Meri will be deeply missed by all of us here at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “She had a unique personality and related well both to her companion, Rochan and to her animal care staff. It has been our privilege to have known her for the past two years.

The Zoo remains home to Rochan, a six-year-old male Red panda who has been part of the Zoo family since October 2015. The Natt Family Red Panda Habitat opened in October 2018, a gift from Bob and Helen Natt of Easton, also funded by monies raised by supporters and from the Werth Family Foundation.

The Red panda habitat offers indoor and outdoor viewing access for the Red pandas with air-conditioned indoor living quarters and a yard landscaped with bamboo and plenty of treetop spots for sunbathing.

Rochan and Meri were part of the Species Survival Program (SSP), a breeding and management program designed to preserve the long-term sustainability of captive-based animal populations. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will work with the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Species Survival Plan to identify another female Red panda as a new companion for Rochan.

Beardsley Zoo Opens On Monday – Here’s What You Have To Do

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May 282020
 

With the Coronavirus, our lives have changed in many ways. We can’t just go to the supermarket and zoom down an aisle for something then backtrack if we forgot an item (one-way traffic).

Well, going to the zoo is no different. You can’t just show up on a whim due to stricter protocols.

The Beardsley Zoo is opening up again for the first time since March 17 on Monday, June 1, and things have changed. Not only do they have several new animals, including a female companion for Peanut the wolf.

Watch this VIDEO so you will know what to expect before going and once you get there.

Beardsley Zoo Re-Opening Plans Announced

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May 192020
 

Some Good News From Zoo Director Gregg Dancho:
As we move to re-open, I want to share with you our plan. The Zoo will open on Monday, June 1.  We are implementing a new online ticketing system to welcome everyone back safely and efficiently. The Zoo will be splitting the day into two sessions allowing for up to 500 guests per session. We will open the Zoo at 9 a.m. and will close at noon for cleaning. We will then re-open at 1 p.m. and close at 4 p.m.
We will be requiring all guests to wear a mask. And the more creative the better!
We have created a one-way loop around the Zoo so guests can explore while social distancing. All buildings will be closed to the public; however, guests will be able to pre-order food online from the café and pick it up from our take-out window. Also, the gift shop will be open for online purchases which will be made available for pick up at gift shop kiosk.
Ticket prices will be reduced from $16 to $15 for an adult and from $13 to $10 for a child and a senior and as always children under 3 are free. We will not be able to accept coupons or allow for any partner discount at this time. We also will not be able to rent wheelchairs or strollers.

A zoo volunteer interacts with the goats.

As we welcome you back under these new circumstances, we appreciate your patience as we look to be able to provide you the best Zoo experience in the safest manner possible.

We ask that you also please continue to check our website www.beardsleyzoo.org and our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. We greatly appreciate all your support. We are thrilled have the sights and the sounds of guests back at your Zoo.
And I promise to continue to send you updates.
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Beardsley Bart

would like to know what you are thinking. If you have a question, comment or concern please feel free to email me at info@beardsleyzoo.org. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Even though we have been continuing to work behind the scenes and even as we continue to provide enrichment every day for our animal residents, nothing is the same without you.
Your Zoo family, both two and four-legged, can’t wait to see you!
Gregg

Beardsley Zoo Welcomes Kawoni the Red Wolf

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May 082020
 

Kawoni. (Photo by Jack Bradley)

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Zoo family, an eight-year-old female Red wolf named Kawoni. Arriving at the Zoo in February 2020 before the Zoo’s temporary closing due to the pandemic, Kawoni spent her first weeks in quarantine, required for all new arrivals. Once she was verified to be in excellent physical condition by the Zoo’s on-site veterinarian, Kawoni joined the Zoo’s existing male Red wolf, Peanut, in the Red wolf habitat.

In the Cherokee language, Kawoni means “Flower Moon.” May’s full moon appears this week, and according to ancient traditions, it is known as the Flower Moon for the abundance of flowers this month.

Kawoni was born at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in May 2012 in Tacoma, Wash. She arrived from the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Ill. When the Zoo reopens, guests will be able to view Kawoni and Peanut between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from their habitat beside the W.O.L.F. Cabin.

A Message From Beardsley Zoo Director Gregg Dancho

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May 022020
 

Dear Friends,
After 40 years in the Zoo business, I thought I might have seen it all. Never would I have anticipated closing our doors, as spring began, without knowing when we could welcome you back. Never could I have anticipated my staff wearing masks throughout their workday to protect each other and the animals under our care. And never did I ever think I would get so many questions about a Netflix series.
Every day of this quarantine has given me the opportunity to reflect on my career here at the Zoo. What I found was my joy always came from the same place – my interactions with you!
Over the past 7 weeks, I have received calls from people I hadn’t heard from in years offering words of encouragement. The Zoo has received an abundance of cards and well wishes from our friends’ ages 2 to 92. We have received donations of hundreds of dollars and donations pooled from children’s allowances. And we have received donations from every corner of the world. The outpouring of support has made an impact on the entire staff as they continue to come to work each day to care for our animal residents.
I am overwhelmed by how the Zoo has played such a significant role in so many of your lives and how so many of you have asked what you can do to support your Zoo.
With that being said, I want to share with you some incredible news.
The Zoo just received a $100,000 challenge match from Pam Kochiss-Werth. Pam’s generous donation means that every dollar donated to our Emergency Operating Fund will be matched! Being able to raise $200,000 will have a significant impact on our recovery efforts.
As we continue to make hard decisions in order to protect the future of your Zoo, every dollar donated makes a difference. Our operating funds shortfall began on March 17 and continues today. Even once we reopen, many sources of income will remain unavailable to us as we continue social distancing.
As Governor Lamont begins to re-open Connecticut’s economy, it looks like the Zoo will soon be able to welcome you back. Our number one priority is keeping you, our staff, and our animals safe as we move forward. We appreciate your support and patience as we work together to figure out the coming months. Please look at our website for all the up-to-date information.
Please, share this incredible donor match opportunity with your friends and family.
We can’t do this without you!
All my best and please stay safe,
Gregg
Click HERE to make a donation.