BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The election to decide Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s first Mayor concluded peacefully on Tuesday, November 3 at 8 p.m. All votes were counted and Wiggles the Chinchilla was declared the Mayor of the Zoo this morning. The 18-year-old ambassador animal, long a favorite of ZooMobile visits and children’s birthday parties, thanked his supporters and promised to be a mayor for all the animals.
The other six candidates have all conceded the race. The Apex Predator Party issued a statement on behalf of Kallisto the Amur leopard, promising allegiance to Wiggles. As the second-place winner, Kallisto will serve as runner up in the event that Wiggles is unable to fulfill his duties through the duration of his 12 month term.
The highly contested race was decided by online votes, with the general public voting for the candidate of their choice by making a one-dollar donation for each vote. The total donations received by the Zoo totaled $4546.
“While we celebrate Wiggles as our new mayor, the real winner of this election is the Zoo,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “Like other non-profit organizations throughout the nation, the Zoo has experienced the difficulties of dealing with the pandemic. We thank everyone who voted for their generosity in supporting this fundraiser.”
The winning Mayor will hold a 12-month term. All donations to the ballot box will be used to support the Zoo’s mission of conservation, education, research and fun.
About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo:
Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 98th year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tiger and leopards, maned wolves, and Mexican grey wolves and red wolves. Other highlights include our new Spider Monkey Habitat, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with Giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a non-profit organization approaching its 100th year at a time when the mission of helping fragile wildlife populations and eco-systems is more important than ever.
The Zoo reopened on June 1. Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org. Face masks are required for everyone over the age of two, with the exception of those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them.