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Next stop at Roger Williams Park Zoo — The Amazon
Faces of the Rainforest exhibit opens this summer as big changes continue at the nation’s third oldest zoo.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — After voters approved bond money in 2014 for improvements to Roger Williams Park Zoo, officials started putting together a 20-year master plan outlining what the zoo could look like one day.

Rhode Islanders will get their first glimpse of the changes this summer,...

Ban-the-Bag Movement Taking Rhode Island by Storm
At the Providence City Council's March 1 meeting, Lou Perrotti, director of conservation programs at Roger Williams Park Zoo, wore a suit of plastic bags in support of the ban.

It was a busy week for bag bans in Rhode Island, as town councils in Bristol and Portsmouth outlawed plastic checkout bags, while the City Council overwhelming approved an ordinance at the first of two public hearings.

All three council votes advanced with little resistance. At its Feb....

Slow Down: Frogs and Salamanders On the Move
The first movement of frogs and salamanders from their woodland wintering grounds to their springtime breeding pools.

During last month’s warm spell, Emilie Holland saw and heard something she seldom detects this early in the year: the first movement of frogs and salamanders from their woodland wintering grounds to their springtime breeding pools. She observed wood frogs, spring peepers, spotted salamanders,...

Press Releases

Roger Williams Park Zoo Condemns Trump Administration's Lift on Ban of Importing Elephant Trophies
Roger Williams Park Zoo is decrying the Trump administration’s decision to lift an Obama-era ban on importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The United States lists African elephants under the federal Endangered Species Act.

“This is a very sad day for anybody who works with and understands African elephants,” says Roger Williams Park Zoo executive director Jeremy Goodman.  “We know that 96 elephants a day are killed in the wild.  Our zoo works with the Wildlife Conservation Society on its 96 Elephants campaign to...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Opens Its Door Free to the Public Black Friday, November 24
Free admission day to all on Friday, November 24, 2017.

Zoo family hope that visitors will share the holiday spirit with the community by bringing non-perishable food items to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.  Boxes for food items will be at the front gates of the Zoo.

According to Dr. Jeremy Goodman, executive director of Roger...

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USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Announces Roger Williams Park Zoo Best Attraction in Rhode Island
What makes Roger Williams Park Zoo like Disneyland, The River Walk in San Antonio and warm Caribbean Islands– they are all NUMBER ONE in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

Recognized nationwide as a leader in animal care, environmental education, and conservation efforts, many of the animals thriving at the Zoo are critically endangered, endangered, and/or vulnerable.  Locally, Roger Williams Park Zoo conservationists focus on saving the American burying beetle,...

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Press Resources

Photography/Film Policy
The Department of Marketing and Public Relations at Roger Williams Park Zoo must pre-approve all professional photography or video.
Rhode Island Zoological Society Form 990

View Rhode Island Zoological Society's Form 990 from 2016.

USDA Reports

View the latest Roger Williams Park Zoo USDA report (8/9/17).

September 2015 and 2016 Report