Beardsley Zoo to Host Asian New Year Celebration !

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, the state’s only zoo, invites families to celebrate Asian New Year on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. The Monkey is one of the most revered years of the Chinese New Year calendar, and those born under the sign are regarded as smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth. They are lively, flexible, quick-witted and versatile. Historically, during the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC), the dignified Chinese official title of marquis was pronounced ‘Hou’, the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. The animal was thereby bestowed with an auspicious meaning.


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, story time, 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 have secured $25,000 in a matching pledge, so every dollar given will be matched dollar for dollar to help make Rochan’s new home a reality. The good news is the zoo has 98% of the match raised!


The snow date for this event is February 20, 2016. For more area information
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

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