USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Announces Roger Williams Park Zoo Best Attraction in Rhode Island

USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Announces Roger Williams Park Zoo Best Attraction in Rhode Island

Friday, October 13, 2017
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, timber rattlesnake, and cottontail rabbit.  Internationally, the Zoo is instrumental in conservation efforts for the African elephant, red panda, snow leopard, tree kangaroo, and a variety of amphibian species.  Roger Williams Park Zoo is home to over 100 species of animals including a Komodo dragon, zebra’s, red pandas, African elephants, Masai giraffes, snow leopards, bears, anteaters, flamingoes, sloths, alligators, and more!  Guests may feed giraffes and harbor seals, as well as an array of farmyard animals.  For something slightly out of the ordinary, visitors may experience the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, a train excursion through the woodlands, and a camel ride (spring and summer) at the Zoo’s Explore and Soar area.  

A panel of relevant experts, which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties, choose nominees.. All voting is digital and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the website.

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Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the oldest in the nation, is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction and is a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. The Zoo has received numerous awards for environmental education, and conservation work done locally and around the world, caring for species that without human intervention would face certain extinction.  Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.