Experience “Close Encounters of the Wild Kind” at RWP Zoo

Experience “Close Encounters of the Wild Kind” at RWP Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo offers an expanded animal encounter program for the 2013season


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PROVIDENCE, RI - Thanks to the success of last year’s giraffe feedings, Roger Williams Park Zoo will offer an expanded animal feedings program featuring not only giraffes, but harbor seals and some small animal ambassadors.

Guests can now choose to feed the giraffes or the harbor seals for $20 per person, or experience an interactive close encounter with one of the Zoo’s small animal ambassadors for $10 per person. The schedules for the giraffe and seal feedings run on weekends in May, daily from June through August, and then weekends again in September. You can feed the giraffes at 2 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and the seals on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, also at 2 pm.  The small animal encounters will be offered at 11 am on Monday through Friday, June through August.

There is limited capacity for all of the encounters, and tickets must be purchased at Zoo admissions on the day of your visit. The encounters are very popular, so visitors would be wise plan their day so that they can buy their tickets soon after the Zoo opens at 9 am. There are some age restrictions and other requirements for safety; check the Zoo’s website, www.rwpzoo.org, for details. The fees for all these close encounters are in addition to regular Zoo admission charges.

Roger Williams Park Zoo is open year ‘round from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children (ages 3-12) and $12.95 for seniors (ages 62+); children 2 and under and Zoo members get in free.   


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 is owned by the City of Providence.

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