The only zoo in the state of Connecticut, Beardsley Zoo is popular with visitors statewide and beyond. The zoo itself is divided into five sections. The Predators section includes a variety of naturally aggressive creatures, including leopards, lynx, and tigers, while the South American Rainforest section is comprised of several species of monkey, boa constrictors, vampire bats, poison dart frogs, and more.
Alligator Alley features a selection of water birds, bald eagles, American alligators, and gray foxes. The New England Farmyard is host to Connecticut natives, including guinea hogs, snowy owls, Cotswold sheep, Nubian goats, and black swans. Finally, Hoofstock is home to a series of bison, llamas, various wolves, black-tailed prairie dogs, and many other animals. If you are planning a weekend getaway with kids, the zoo is one of the must-see Bridgeport attractions.
1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Phone: 203-394-6565 (website)
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