Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim announced that the city is pledging $2.5 million to be used for the construction of a new habitat for the Amur tigers at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.
The city’s pledge is the latest input for the tiger habitat fundraising efforts, which kicked off last November with a $1 million pledge by philanthropist Pamela Kochiss Werth. At a ceremony announcing the city’s contribution, the zoo named Ganim an “Official Hero for Tiger Conservation.”
“This is the state’s only zoo,” said Ganim, adding that Connecticut residents “need to know what a great place this is for young people and, as P.T. Barnum said, children of all ages to come and enjoy. It’s a great opportunity to share wildlife and nature.”
The zoo is continuing its fundraising on the tiger habitat, with the goal of beginning construction next spring and completing work in time for the zoo’s 100th anniversary in 2022.