The Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport opened to visitors at 50% capacity last week for the first time since it closed just before COVID-19 restrictions took effect nearly three months ago. The zoo cares for some of the most critically endangered animals on the planet and does crucial work with education, research and conservation. It’s also the only zoo in Connecticut accredited by the AZA (Association for Zoos and Aquariums).
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Even under coronavirus restrictions, the animal care specialists still needed to provide the same daily care to the animals while the zoo was closed. In order to accomplish this, Gregg Dancho, director of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, said the staff had to adjust its approach, not only working solo split shifts but also wearing masks and maintaining distance while interacting with the animals. The only way the animals can get the disease is through humans. See how the zoo prepared to welcome guests back.