About Roger Williams Park Zoo

About Roger Williams Park Zoo

New England families have shared the wild at Roger Williams Park Zoo for generations.

► One of our nation's oldest zoos

► One of Rhode Island's top tourist attractions

► Award-winning conservation programs

► A leader in environmental education

► Home to over 100 species of rare and fascinating animals from around the world

One of our nation’s oldest zoos (opened in 1872), Roger Williams Park Zoo is an integral part of southern New England’s history and heritage, bringing excitement and discovery of the natural world to generations of visitors.  Today the Zoo is one of Rhode Island’s top tourist attractions, welcoming over 650,000 people annually from all over New England and beyond. 

Our award-winning conservation programs have won national acclaim, earning praise from The New York Times as “one of the best zoos in the country for its conservation efforts” among zoos of similar size.  Roger Williams Park Zoo is also a valuable center for science and environmental education; our standards-based education programs provide invaluable experiential learning to thousands of students every year and our advocacy efforts have helped to shape national environmental education legislation.

Situated within Providence’s historic and beautiful Roger Williams Park, the Zoo is home to well over 100 species of rare and fascinating animals from all over the world.  As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Zoo is also home to many endangered species and participates in cooperative conservation and breeding programs to help ensure their future survival.   

Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence. The Rhode Island Zoological Society is a non-profit organization that works to secure the public and private sector support needed by the Zoo to continue to develop new world-class exhibits,  make significant contributions to conservation and serve the community as a valuable source of environmental education, recreation and economic development.


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It's why we're here - the official mission statement of Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Delve into the past of one of our nation’s oldest zoos and see how it has evolved to become what it is today.

Press Room
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AZA Accredited
Find out more about the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and why accreditation is important.

Explore career opportunities currently available at the Zoo.

USDA Reports
View Roger Williams Park Zoo USDA Reports.