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Lou Perrotti Protects Less-Than-Cuddly Species
If he can show endangered rattlesnakes a little love, why can't the rest of us?

In a concrete block cellar of the building that houses the moon bears and snow leopards at Roger Williams Park Zoo is a brightly lit room. Unrecognized visitors are welcomed by the clatter produced by some of the sixteen...

Oldest Masai giraffe in North America dies at Providence zoo
Amber, who was the oldest Masai giraffe in North America, has died.

“It is with great sadness that Roger Williams Park Zoo announces the death of Amber, the cherished 26-year-old Masai giraffe,” the zoo noted in a press release Tuesday afternoon, adding that the median life expectancy for a giraffe in captivity is about 17 years.

The zoo said Amber lost...

Roger Williams Park Zoo mourns loss of beloved giraffe
The oldest Masai giraffe in America has passed away.

The average life expectancy for a giraffe in captivity is 17 years, according to zoo officials, while Amber made it to 26 years old. Over the past year, zoo officials said Amber lost her eyesight due to cataracts. The zoo could not find another facility that has managed a blind giraffe to ask...

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