BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Five hundred Golden Ticket “Bananas” are hidden in children’s books about monkeys, both fiction and non-fiction, in libraries throughout the area. Prizes include one GRAND PRIZE of a Behind-the-Scenes Tour at the Zoo, one FIRST PRIZE of a free children’s birthday party, along with multiple family yearly memberships, free passes for families and individuals, free monkey plush toys, discounts at the Zoo gift shop, soft serve ice cream cones and carousel rides.
When: Saturday, June 22, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
(Hours may vary; check with participating libraries)
Where: Libraries in participating towns: Trumbull, Wilton, Milford, Weston, New Canaan, Monroe, Stratford, Easton, Newtown, three branches in Fairfield, Danbury, Cheshire, Derby, Beacon Falls, Seymour, both branches in Shelton, Hamden, and all branches in Bridgeport.
Why: To celebrate the opening of the newest species arriving at the Zoo later this summer, a pair of Black-handed Spider monkeys in a new, 21stcentury habitat, while supporting literacy and a love of reading.
How: Simply go to a participating library and search through children’s books on monkeys to find a Golden Ticket Banana. Peel off the sticker on front and see what you’ve won! Librarians are fully engaged in the contest and are happy to assist any child who needs help.
About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut's only zoo, celebrating its 97thanniversary this year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won't want to miss our Amur (Siberian) tigers and leopards, maned wolf family, Mexican and Red wolves, and Golden Lion tamarins. Other highlights include the new Natt Family Red Panda Habitat, the South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, plus the Pampas Plains, featuring Giant anteaters, Chacoan peccaries and more. Guests can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful, indoor carousel. For more information, visit beardsleyzoo.org.