||Mission Statement: Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is dedicated to acquainting a diverse public to the delicate balance that exists between living things and their environment. Animal exhibits, plantings, graphics, and Zoo programs are to be represented in such a manner as to give the visitor a sense of awareness and concern for the intricate beauty and fragility of our planet. This mission is achieved by a formal master plan comprised of the following goals: Education: Through staff involvement and training, outreach and in-house formal programs, workshops , lectures, docent volunteers, natural animal exhibits, informational and interpretive graphics, and research by utilizing staff, universities and other zoological facilities. Conservation: Through participation in in situ and ex situ endangered species programs such AZA's Species Survival Program and additionally through professional animal and veterinary care and a comprehensive animal management policy. Recreation:Through state-of-the-art exhibit design, well-run visitor services and to maximizing the natural and park-like setting by formal and informal landscaping.
Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great exprience for you, and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, the AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.