Media Coverage

Media Coverage

Collection of our coverage on established media institutions and outlets.

2018

Statement from Roger Williams Park Zoo
05.15.2018
Recovery: Transition of the Zoo from Jail to Ark
05.07.2018
AZA holds members to the highest standards of animal welfare, husbandry and veterinary care.

“Tragically,” laments Freedom for Animals, “birds in zoos are prevented from flight… They have the ends of their wings chopped off.”

“Zoos have had little to no success with captive breeding programs,” proclaims One Green Planet.

Such zoo bashers seem stuck in the distant past and...

A day in the life of Roger Williams Park Zoo
04.27.2018
The zoo is a theater, a place of scenes, some seen by few...

The zoo is a theater, a place of scenes, some seen by few: The almost hedonistic ritual of the elephant bath. The surly moon bear thinking you’re the veterinarian. The eager zebras and the reluctant watusis. The birdlike chirping of river otter pups. And that female gibbon, relentlessly chasing...

Otter pup triplets to make their debut at Roger Williams Park Zoo
04.05.2018
The triplets are expected to make their public debut during the week of April 29.

A trio of newborn otter pups is calling Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence home. The Zoo announced that the triplets are expected to make their public debut during the week of April 29. “The pups had their first veterinary exam at 7 weeks old, when they received an overall check-up & a...

Next stop at Roger Williams Park Zoo — The Amazon
03.20.2018
Faces of the Rainforest exhibit opens this summer as big changes continue at the nation’s third oldest zoo.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — After voters approved bond money in 2014 for improvements to Roger Williams Park Zoo, officials started putting together a 20-year master plan outlining what the zoo could look like one day.

Rhode Islanders will get their first glimpse of the changes this summer,...

Ban-the-Bag Movement Taking Rhode Island by Storm
03.04.2018
At the Providence City Council's March 1 meeting, Lou Perrotti, director of conservation programs at Roger Williams Park Zoo, wore a suit of plastic bags in support of the ban.

It was a busy week for bag bans in Rhode Island, as town councils in Bristol and Portsmouth outlawed plastic checkout bags, while the City Council overwhelming approved an ordinance at the first of two public hearings.

All three council votes advanced with little resistance. At its Feb....

Slow Down: Frogs and Salamanders On the Move
03.01.2018
The first movement of frogs and salamanders from their woodland wintering grounds to their springtime breeding pools.

During last month’s warm spell, Emilie Holland saw and heard something she seldom detects this early in the year: the first movement of frogs and salamanders from their woodland wintering grounds to their springtime breeding pools. She observed wood frogs, spring peepers, spotted salamanders,...

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...