Bridgeport's Beardsley Zoo braces to bear big cuts

The governor's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year may take the lion's share of the Beardsley Zoo's state aid.Gov. M. Jodi Rell plans to

BRIDGEPORT - The governor's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year may take the lion's share of the Beardsley Zoo's state aid.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell plans to slash the zoo's annual $380,000 earmark in half. The cut would pose major problems for the zoo, which runs on a yearly budget just over $3 million.

Zoo director Gregg Dancho says state cuts would force them to try and raise more money privately, a tough task in the current economy.

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