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Take A Trip To Bridgeport's Beardsley Zoo Before Saying So Long To Summer

A girl sits atop a statue to pose for a photo at the Beardsley Zoo. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Kids check out the exhibits at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The Giant anteaters check out the crowds at the Beardsley Zoo. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
African Spur-Thigh Tortoise. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A giant anteater enjoys a snack on an orange at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. The anteaters are new to the zoo this summer. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
African Spur-Thigh Tortoise. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
African Spur-Thigh Tortoise. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Swans at the Beardsley Zoo. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Bald Eagles at the Beardsley Zoo. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Bald Eagles squabble at the Beardsley Zoo. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Amur Leopard at the Beardsley Zoo. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Amur Tiger at the Beardsley Zoo. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Chacoan Peccary Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A Chacoan Peccary rubs its head on the ground. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — If you're looking for an end-of-summer outing that the whole family can enjoy, look no farther than the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is one of Connecticut’s top family attractions. Spend an hour or the whole day and see more than 300 animals representing species from North and South America.

New to zoo this summer are two giant anteaters, who have settled into the brand new Pampas Plains exhibit. The pair came from the Palm Beach Zoo in Palm Beach, Fla. The female is named Pana, and the male is named EO; Both are 6 years old. (Read more about the invasion of the anteaters here on the Daily Voice .)

In addition to giant anteaters, the new Pampas Plains South American exhibit features four Chacoan peccaries and two Greater rhea, as well as plants and grasses native to this South American region.

The zoo includes many other endangered and threatened species, which include the Amur (Siberian) tiger, Andean condor, Ocelot, Red wolf, Maned wolf and Golden lion tamarin.

Feeling hungry? Families can grab a bite at the Peacock Café or enjoy an outdoor lunch in the Picnic Grove.

The zoo also features a colorful carousel.

The Beardsley Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Admission is $14 for children 12 and up and adults and $11 for students and seniors. Children 3 and under are free.

For more information, visit the Beardsley Zoo's website .

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