By Phyllis A.S. BorosThursday, May 26, 2016
Zookeepers Lindsay Carubia, left, and Jamie Cantoni with one of the four visiting African penguins on exhibit at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. The birds will be on display through Sept. 30.Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media
African penguins are on exhibit at the Connecticut Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. The birds will be visiting through Sept. 30.
Visiting through Sept. 30 are: three males, Tubbs, Sal and South, and one female, Squirt.
This is the first time the state’s only zoo has hosted penguins, Dancho said. “It’s an incredible opportunity for our guests to see these adorable and fascinating animals up close and personal.”
Dancho said the zoo is taking part in a Saving Animals from Extinction conservation project benefiting penguins through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The birds live at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
According to the zoo, the penguin diet includes small fish, such as anchovies, sardines, squids and crustaceans, eating about one pound per day; they are less than two feet tall, average eight pounds and are each 12 to 13 years old.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport. Open daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $15, $12 children (age 3 -11) and $11 (62 and older), free for children younger than 3. Free parking. beardsleyzoo.org