Media Coverage

Media Coverage

Collection of our coverage on established media institutions and outlets.


Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular offers four sensory-friendly shows
This season, Roger Williams Park Zoo is continuing its efforts to cater to those with sensory processing differences.

For those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), loud noises and crowded places can be overwhelming. This season, Roger Williams Park Zoo is continuing its efforts to cater to those with sensory processing differences.

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular offered ...

NBC 10 pays it forward to Roger Williams Park Zoo volunteer
Janet Keene has been volunteering her time at the Roger Williams Park Zoo for 10 years, and she loves it.

"It's just very satisfying when you know that you've in some little way made their visit to the zoo more enjoyable than it would have been otherwise," Janet said.

Janet is talking about students like a recent group from Meeting Street.

"She's telling us all about the snow leopards...

Gazette on the Go: Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular
It’s the 30th year that the zoo has done this, and this year they have over 5,000 carved pumpkins, with themes ranging from the real world to the fantastical.

Halloween is without a doubt my second favorite day of the year.

The first is Christmas.

But Halloween is just barely in second place.

Now, I don’t like the really scary stuff, like horror movies. That is not for me. I’m more of a spooky fun, Tim Burton, “Hocus Pocus” kinda...

New England Cottontail Conservation Efforts Still Ongoing, Plans To Expand
Federal regulators are continuing to build up the New England cottontail with a growing population on Patience Island in Narragansett Bay.

ix rabbits that were bred in captivity at Roger Williams Park Zoo and Queens Zoo in New York were released on the island this past Friday.

Biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say uninhabited Patience Island has proven a successful spot for cottontails, partially due to a...

Mark Patinkin: The average Joe behind R.I.’s Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular
intricately carved pumpkins marking its 30th anniversary at Roger Williams Park in Providence.

Meet John Reckner, the low-key former postman who’s the brains behind the elaborate show of intricately carved pumpkins marking its 30th anniversary at Roger Williams Park in Providence.

I’ve long thought the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular...

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: Should You Bring the Kids?
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular truly is a spectacular sight to behold.

Should you bring the kids to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular? It’s a question I’ve been grappling with for a few years now. 

The thing is, my children are scared of everything sensitive. We can’t watch any movie in our house, even “...

The quest to bring back the New England cottontail
The effort includes some R&R: restoration (of habitat) and romance (in the form of potential mates)

SCARBOROUGH — New England cottontail rabbits like a mess. More precisely, these rabbits, which are endangered in the state of Maine, would like to hide out in a thicket of native (and edible) shrubs.

Which is why on a rainy Friday at the end of September, a dozen people were planting a...

URI student evaluates elephant sleep habits to improve zoo care
South Kingstown resident’s summer research sparks interest in exotic animals

KINGSTON, R.I. – October 2, 2018 – Elephants don’t sleep much in the wild, averaging just two hours per night. Even at zoos when they don’t have to watch for predators, they are awake after dark more often than they are asleep. But no one had scientifically scrutinized what they do during those...

Is there a Doctor in the Zoo?
Taking a trip to the vet with a two-toed sloth at Roger Williams Park Zoo

By Robert Isenberg

Riley needs a check-up. The medical exam is routine, but two-toed sloths can be a handful. “They’re faster than you think,” says his zookeeper, Jen Hennessey, who has worked with animals for the Roger Williams...

Rainforest Exhibit 2018 - Conducting Conversations
It's creation, hours of operation, and how much fun it is for the entire family.

This week we feature The Roger Williams Park Zoo brand new Rainforest exhibit. We talk to Diane Nahabedian, Director of Marketing, P. J. Jones, and Shareen Knowlton, Director of Education. We'll talk about it's creation, hours of operation, and how much fun it is for the entire family.