Donor gives zoo $1 million for tiger habitat
BRIDGEPORT - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's fundraising efforts to create a new habitat for its family of Amur tigers received a huge boost with a $1,000,000 donation from longtime zoo supporter, Pamela Hope Kochiss-Werth, said zoo director Gregg Dancho. After the birth of four endangered Amur tiger cubs in November, 2017, two of which survived, the zoo began a campaign to create a new, more spacious home for its valuable tigers. Kochiss-Werth stepped forward with a birthday check for the two female tigers, Reka and Zeya, earmarked for a new tiger habitat. The zoo celebrated the cubs' first birthday on Sunday. "The existing tiger habitat was built several decades ago and has been on our wish list to expand and renovate.
12-year-old tiger to depart Bridgeport zoo
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — An Amur Tiger at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport is leaving this weekend for a new permanent home. The 12-year-old tiger named Petya has been in Connecticut for three years since it came from the Indianapolis Zoo. The animals live primarily in southeast Russia and generally live in captivity for up to 22 years. Amur Tigers, once called Siberian tigers, are endangered in the wild. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums oversees transfers like Petya's in hopes of promoting successful breeding. Petya fathered two cubs that were born at Beardsley last year. A zoo spokeswoman said Petya is going to another zoo in the Midwest whose name has not yet been announced.
Drunk man's arm mutilated by a lion after he reached through zoo bars to try and stroke it
THIS is the shocking moment a drunk man’s arm was savaged by a lion after he tried to stroke the big cat through the bars of its cage. Smartphone footage caught the incident on camera at the …
Como Zoo Welcomes 2 Orphaned Mountain Lion Cubs
One mountain lion cub was found alone, emaciated and covered in parasites. The other’s mother was fatally shot for allegedly preying on a farmer’s sheep. Now, the two young cubs from northern California are getting used to life in Minnesota.
Letter: Why keep an exotic animal at an amusement park?
I am 12 years old. I went to Lagoon yesterday, and something that I saw there made me very sad. I saw a zoo with a Siberian tiger inside it. I tried to continue having fun for the rest of the day, but all I wanted to do was to contact someone and try to free this animal or, better yet, to prevent other animals from having to live such a sad life.