Media Coverage

Media Coverage

Collection of our coverage on established media institutions and outlets.

2018

Roger Williams Park Zoo home to oldest living tree kangaroo
01.25.2018
Roger Williams Park Zoo is celebrating the life of a Matschie’s tree kangaroo who is now the oldest of his species in the country.

The tree kangaroo, named Paul, will turn 23 on Jan. 26. According to the zoo, he is the only male tree kangaroo to reach this age in America.

“Paul is still active for his age, is truly loved by his keepers, and kept on a healthy diet,” Dr. Jeremy Goodman, executive director at the zoo,...

Lou Perrotti Protects Less-Than-Cuddly Species
01.01.2018
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...

2017

Oldest Masai giraffe in North America dies at Providence zoo
11.14.2017
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
11.14.2017
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...

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants - Including Roger Williams Park Zoo
10.30.2017
Roger Williams Park Zoo; “Urban Nature Explorers” Grant Recipient

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has announced the recipients of 30 “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants. Supported by the ...

7 Tips for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
10.02.2017
How to navigate one of the state's most popular fall activities.

What can you do with 5,000 pumpkins? You could bake a heck-of-a-lotta pies, or, if you’re the Roger Williams Zoo, you could show off thousands jack-o-lanterns for an entire month. Every October, the zoo presents the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, which pulls in more than 100,000 visitors every year...

Camel that lived at RWP Zoo for more than 20 years has died
10.02.2017
Gina, one of two camels housed at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, has died.

A camel that has lived at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence for more than 20 years has died.

“It is with great sadness that #RWPZoo announces the passing of Gina, one of the dromedary camels, seen by visitors on Marco Polo’s Adventure trek,” the zoo posted on its Facebook page Monday...

Endangered beetles show signs of rebound on Nantucket
09.23.2017
A species once seen as struggling to survive on Nantucket, is showing signs of rebounding.

Last fall, the future of the American burying beetle on Nantucket looked bleak.

“I thought we might have lost our population,” said Lou Perrotti, who has been working to preserve the beetle on the East Coast as the director of conservation programs at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in...

It’s dirty work for no pay, but Zoo interns love it anyway
08.11.2017
There is no typical workday for an animal-care intern at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

There is no typical workday for an animal-care intern at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

One minute you’re spraying perfume around the cheetah exhibit. The next, you’re carrying a sedated leopard in for his annual physical, says Joey Golden, a 24-year-old intern from Lincoln.

Dozens of...

RWP Zoo renames elephant yard, announces new partnership
08.09.2017
It was all “trunks” on hand at Roger Williams Park Zoo Wednesday morning for the announcement of a new partnership between the zoo, and Ivory Ella.

 It was all “trunks” on hand at Roger Williams Park Zoo Wednesday morning for the announcement of a new partnership between the zoo, and Ivory Ella.

Westerly-based Ivory Ella is an online clothing store which donates a portion of the proceeds of their elephant-patterned clothing to “Save...