Bridgeport's Beardsley Zoo’s Prairie Dog Forecaster Bart Gives Groundhog Day Prediction

Forget those groundhogs from other states, Fairfield County's prairie dog Beardsley Bart has made his prediction.

Beardsley Bart

Beardsley Bart

Photo Credit: Beardsley Zoo via Jack Bradley

And it's sure to bring a smile to frozen faces across the region.

Prognosticating Bart shared his prediction for an early spring on Friday, Feb. 2 at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport with help from Mayor Joe Ganim.

Ganim shared, “Beardsley Bart has spoken, and Spring is coming to Bridgeport!” He emphasized the impact the zoo has on the community. “Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is the only zoo in the state, and we are proud to have such a great resource right here in Bridgeport.”

Zoo Director Gregg Dancho also joined the morning’s festivities and invited everyone back to the Zoo this Spring for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

 “Beardsley Bart’s habitat is currently under an exciting renovation where guests will be able to get up close and personal as they pop up with our Prairie Dogs,” Dancho said. “The habitat gives guests a sense of how these animals burrow and pop up to view the world around them.”

The zoo is open year-round with many animals enjoying the cold temperatures and snow. Although most people don't enjoy the cold weather, some animals love frigid temperatures including the Amur leopards, North American river otters, and Mexican grey and red wolves. 

The zoo is located at 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. 

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