The public can meet BeeZe, a bobcat and the Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s newest cat ambassador, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Admission will be half price this weekend at the zoo, which reopens Saturday following a week of post-blizzard cleanup. The zoo is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, including Sundays.
The bobcat is one of Connecticut’s top predators, and visitors can learn how zoo staff has trained and worked with BeeZe to prepare him for public presentations and fun activities such as painting.
Children ages 6 and older can create their own “animal” painting using rubber footprint stamps from some of the zoo’s animals. After the program, there will be cookies and hot chocolate by the fire.
The bobcat program fee is $10 for adults, $15 for children 6 and older (it is not recommended for kids under 6 years old). Registration is required at 203-394-6563.
Asian New Year, Wild at Heart
Also on Saturday, the zoo will celebrate the Asian New Year’s Year of the Snake with special stories, crafts, a children’s parade and other activities from noon to 3 p.m. Free with zoo admission.
On Saturday night, the zoo hosts one of its major fund-raisers with the Wild at Heart gala from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The event, held close to Valentine’s Day every year, features food (appetizers, food station, chocolate fondue), drink, animal encounters, entertainment and silent auction.
The cost to attend the adults-only affair is $75 per person. Purchase tickets by contacting Emily Bobowick at 203-394-6569 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the state’s only zoo, in Bridgeport off the Route 8 and 25 connector, at beardsleyzoo.org.