Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport kicks off its centenary with live shows and time capsule

BRIDGEPORT – Beardsley Zoo has entered its 100th year celebrating the best it knows best – starting with the animals and then, some cake.

The Live Animals program will begin the zoo’s full-day centenary celebration on Saturday. The zoo will kick off its birthday party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Zoo Director Greg Dancho will make an announcement and attendees can check out the zoo’s animals, a time capsule being planted, register for a contest and more.

“I am very excited to be able to share this most exciting achievement of the zoo with our guests. It is a pleasure to see our young visitors enjoying the zoo’s birthday celebration,” Dancho said.

One of the live animal shows will feature what the zoo calls “Animal Ambassadors” including owls, hawks and rabbits. The visitor can safely handle all the animals on display.

People can also enter a contest for a chance to win a free birthday party at the zoo.

Visitors can also visit the zoo where a time capsule is being planted due to open in 2072, 50 years in the future. Students from North Stratfield Primary School in Fairfield will leave letters. The zoo will also bury a calendar, photos of the animals, and announcements from city and state officials. An annual report from the 1970s will also be buried with a picture book for the zoo.

Zoo spokeswoman Lisa Claire said she settled in 2072 because that year’s anniversary falls on Saturday, June 25. But there is another reason.

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