Did You Know...
The New York Times has called RWP Zoo "one of the best zoos in the nation" for our conservation efforts among zoos of our size.
Human behavior has caused the endangerment and extinction of many species of wildlife. Roger Williams Park Zoo provides financial support to these conservation efforts around the world to help rebuild habitats and teach humans how to coexist with their wild neighbors.
Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Grants
Supporting biologists around the world as they race to learn enough to investigate and save endangered species from the ravages of disease, climate change or human actions forms another vital part of our commitment to conservation.
Since 1989, Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Rhode Island Zoological Society have awarded nearly 50 annual grants to conservation projects worldwide through this Fund. Many of the supported projects continue to grow and succeed Find out more and how to apply >
Butterfly Conservation Initiative
In an effort to bring endangered North American butterfly species back from the brink of extinction, primarily due to destruction of their natural habitats, the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) formed the Butterfly Conservation Initiative (BFCI) in June of 2002. The BFCI is designed to bring together non-governmental organizations and government agencies to aid the recovery of these imperiled creatures in North America. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Federation and the Xerces Society take part in the BFCI, in addition to over 40 AZA institutions. As one of the BFCI's founding members and continual supporters, Roger Williams Park Zoo has provided continuous financial support to the initiative and leads the Karner Blue Butterfly Conservation Project in partnership with New Hampshire Fish and Wildlife Service.
Tarangire Elephant Project
The Tarangire Elephant Project (TEP) was initiated in 1993 by Dr. Charles Foley as part of his study of the effects of poaching on African elephants. He has been collecting demographic data on the northern sub-population of elephants almost continuously since then. Over 800 elephants are now known individually, which is probably the second largest elephant database in Africa - second only to that of Amboseli National Park. Important research has been carried out on the impact of poaching on elephant social systems, and TEP was the first project to carry out hormonal studies of female elephants in the wild. Roger Williams Park Zoo is funding a permanent in-country employment position to foster a positive human to elephant relationship and teach villagers how to coexist peacefully and safely with elephants.
Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program
The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP) works to protect the threatened Matschie’s tree kangaroo in ways that also meet the needs of the local communities who share the forests of Papua New Guinea (PNG) with these elusive marsupials. The TKCP has established a 180,000+ acre conservation area on the Huon Peninsula of Papua New Guinea through community-based action that includes scientific research, education and conservation outreach. The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA leads this effort to save these unique animals.