BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Seven animals who live at the Beardsley Zoo were running for mayor of the zoo. On Nov. 4, Wiggles the Chinchilla was declared the winner.
The zoo said in a statement Wednesday, “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 statement went on to say, “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 total donations received by the zoo totaled $4,546.
All donations to the ballot box will be used to support the Zoo’s mission of conservation, education, research, and fun.
“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.”
Gregg Dancho of the Beardsley Zoo told News 8, “Well the beaks and claws have come out. This is the day before the final count and the fur is flying here at Connecticut Beardsley Zoo…Right now it’s neck and neck. We’re really excited that we may see a new mayor here at the zoo come Wednesday.”
The candidates are Peaches the Nigerian Dwarf Goat, Matilda the Red-Footed Tortoise, Wiggles the Chinchilla, E.O. the Giant Anteater, Jolene the Whistling Duck, Madonna the Peahen, and Kallisto the Amur Leopard.
To learn more about each candidate’s campaign platform and cast your vote, make a $1 donation to the zoo. Voting ends Nov. 3 (Election Day) at 4 p.m.
Dancho says, “It’s been a tough year; it’s been a tough year for a lot of institutions and anyway we can raise some funds for education programs and conservation programs. We feel it’s very important.”
So far this election has raised more than $2,000 for the Beardsley Zoo.
The winner will be the first mayor of the zoo and will serve a 12-month term.