Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only zoo, invites families to celebrate Asian New Year on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. This year marks the year of the Rooster and the Zoo will celebrate all the fowl that resides at the zoo! To the Chinese, the Rooster is almost the epitome of fidelity and punctuality. For ancestors who had no alarm clocks, the crowing was significant, as it could awaken people to get up and start to work. In Chinese culture, another symbolic meaning of chicken carries is exorcising evil spirits.
At the Beardsley Zoo Year of the Monkey festivities will feature activities for the entire family including a special children's parade around the Zoo grounds, storytime, crafts, and many more fun activities. Don't miss a visit to the colorful indoor Carousel. Here you will meet some of the Zoo's special lizard guests and be invited to partake in the festivities. A special "Zoo" highlight is the Rochan, a visiting Red Panda, has been charming Zoo guests since his arrival in October. The Zoo is currently raising funds to give Rochan a permanent home and has a $75,000 challenge grant, so every dollar given will be matched dollar for dollar to help make Rochan's new home a reality. Another exhibit not to be missed is the miniature horses in the New England Farmyard.
About Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo celebrates its 94th birthday in 2016 and is closer than you think! Connecticut's only zoo features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Visitors won't want to miss our Amur (Siberian) tigers, Brazilian ocelots, Red wolves, and Golden Lion tamarins. Other highlights include our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, the New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep, and other barnyard critters, plus the hoofstock trail featuring bison, pronghorn, deer, and more. Visitors can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful carousel. For more information, visit