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The Zoo covers about forty (40) acres. The average length of stay is three (3) hours. The path through the Zoo is a bit over one mile long. Roger Williams Park Zoo features over 100 different species of amazing animals! See our Exhibits and Animals page for more information.
No - the Australasia, Tropical America and Fabric of Africa areas all have indoor exhibits. We also have indoor concessions and gift shops.
Yes. The rental kiosk is located at the main entrance. All rentals are available on a first come, first served basis except where otherwise noted. Please see our Guest Services page for further information and pricing.
Yes. In keeping with our family-friendly atmosphere, and for health and safety reasons, Roger Williams Park Zoo strictly enforces a dress code. Proper attire must be worn in the park at all times, including shirts and appropriate footwear except in the Hasbro's Our Big Backyard water area. Clothing with rude, vulgar or offensive language or graphics is not permitted at any time. Park admission may be denied if clothing is deemed by management to be inappropriate.
Yes. First Aid is located in the Sophie Danforth building across from the Alex and Ani Farmyard exhibit. Please refer to the Zoo Map for exact location.
Donation requests may be submitted online at http://rwpzoo.requestitem.com. Requests are reviewed and approved on a first-come first-serve basis. We will only honor requests from New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. We will donate only one time, per event, per organization, per year. Requests are limited to (2 - 4) admission passes for your event . These passes are only valid for general admission and cannot be used for Zoobilee, Jack–O–Lantern Spectacular or any other special event fundraiser.
There are two main food concessions - the Serengetti Cafe located near Africa's Jambo Junction, and the Wilderness Cafe, located in the upper Zoo. There is also the River Camp Sweet Shop in Jambo Junction, as well as mobile carts located throughout the zoo.
There are two gift shops - the smaller Masai Market located at Jambo Junction, and the larger Discover the Wild Gift Shop, located in the historic Menagerie building.
Please see our Restaurants & Gift Shops page for more information and complete menus.
Yes, the public is allowed to bring their own food into the Zoo, but are not allowed to feed the animals. Also, please note that the Zoo does not have any storage facilities/lockers, so lunches and other materials must be carried with you. Picnic tables are available.
Cubbies are available for guests to store bags, coolers and other items. There is no charge for use of the cubbies, but guests should beware that goods are stored at their own risk. Groups, families and individuals may use the cubbies which are on the left past the entrance gate.
There are three ATM’s available at the Zoo. There is one located in the admissions plaza, one in the River Camp Sweet Shop in Africa and the other is in the Discover the Wild gift shop in the Upper Zoo.
Yes, there is a petting zoo in Roger Williams Park Zoo. The Alex and Ani Farmyard features a Contact Yard, where people can walk among and interact with the mini Nubian goats in the enclosure.
The Zoo will allow service animals for all disabilities on grounds as outlined by the ADA standards. Click here for more info>
For the safety and well-being of our guests as well as our animals, pets, emotional support and therapy animals are not allowed inside the Zoo.
Every year, Roger Williams Park Zoo receives many inquiries from people who would like to donate wild animals or exotic pets. However, the zoo is not able to accept them. If you have an animal in need of a new home, try the following:
- Contact local and regional rescue organizations that specialize in caring for unwanted pets, such as the ASPCA (http://www.aspca.org).
- Ask friends & neighbors for assistance. Many folks have an interest in animals, or may know someone with an interest.
Please do not release an exotic or non-native animal into the wild – there is very little chance of survival.
Skateboards, roller skates, roller blades and boom boxes are not allowed on Zoo grounds.
For the comfort and health of all our visitors, as well as the animals that reside here, there is no smoking permitted anywhere on Zoo grounds. Further, per the City of Providence, the entire Roger Williams Park is smoke free. Neither regular nor e-cigarettes are allowed.
Vistors may be paged only in the case of an emergency. We suggest that when you arrive at the Zoo, you choose a spot to meet at should your party become separated. If a child is missing, please tell the first Zoo staff member or security guard you see, and we will coordinate an organized search effort right away.
Absolutely! There's no better place to have a "wild" party than Roger Williams Park Zoo! You can find out more about our many birthday party, corporate outing and other event options on our Book an Event page.
Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Rhode Island Zoological Society will not sell, trade or share a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor will we send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.