Daily Camel Rides and Weekend Rock Wall Now Offered
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Providence, R.I. – Officials at Roger Williams Park Zoo announced that camel rides are now available daily and a rock climbing wall will be available on weekends through this month and then daily starting on Memorial Day (May 26). The camel rides are operated by Camels Unlimited next to the Big Backyard area of the Zoo, while Rock Spot Climbing has set up a four-sided tower in the Wilderness Plaza at the other end of the Zoo. Both experiences are offered for a nominal fee in addition to regular Zoo admission.
“The camel rides and rock wall give our guests new ways to add a sense of fun and adventure to their Zoo experiences,” said Jeremy Goodman, DVM, the Zoo’s executive director. “And the camel rides provide a direct interaction between people and the animals that studies show can help grow the human-animal bond. This is important to our mission of building a sense of connection with and caring for wildlife and the natural world.” Revenues from both offerings will help to support animal care and continued improvements at the Zoo.
Camel rides are $6 per person and the rock wall $5 per person. Participants for both must be three years or older. Rock wall climbers must have close-toed shoes, and waivers must be filled out prior to climbing the rock wall. Participants ages 17 and younger must have their waiver completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian. The waiver can be completed in advance online at rwpzoo.org/seasonal-offerings. Tickets for the camel rides and rock climbing will be available 10am-4:15pm, and the lines for both will close at 4:30.
The Zoo is open from 10am to 5pm April – September, and 10 am to 4 pm October – March. The last admission is one half hour before closing.
Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the oldest in the nation, is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction and is also 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 owned by the City of Providence.
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