Press Releases

Press Releases

For all media related inquiries please contact:

E-Mail: pressroom@rwpzoo.org
Phone: 401-785-3510 x378
Mail: Roger Williams Park Zoo,1000 Elmwood Ave.Providence, RI 02907

2020

Roger Williams Park Zoo Changes Hours of Operation due to Impacts of Covid -19
09.10.2020
Beginning the week of September 14th, Roger Williams Park Zoo will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the end of 2020.

Due to the unprecedented challenges of covid-19, Roger Williams Park Zoo is changing its daytime Zoo hours. The Zoo will continue to open 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Thursday through Monday. Zoo members will also enjoy exclusive Members-Only days on the first Wednesday of each month starting October 7...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo celebrates 29th year of Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts with Virtual Fundraiser, September 17
08.27.2020
Roger Williams Park Zoo’s annual fundraising bash, Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts, presented by BankRI, is going virtual for 2020!

This year’s event to be held Thursday, September 17th at 7pm, is free to the public and will stream on the Zoo’s Facebook page and ...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo announces Drive-Through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
08.06.2020
Citizens Bank presents a drive-through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, November 1, 2020.

Celebrate Special Places while staying safe inside your car enjoying thousands of intricately carved pumpkins as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Halloween season.  

The trail will wind from the Zoo’s parking lot into the admissions plaza, and through a...

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Statement of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Board of Directors On Social and Racial Justice, Inclusion and Equity
06.02.2020
As a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Roger Williams Park Zoo supports the AZA on its position on Social and Racial Justice, Inclusion and Equity for ALL.

The killing of George Floyd is shockingly and disturbingly evil. And Ahmaud Arbery. And Breonna Taylor. And Eric Garner. And on and on. It is often said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing. The evil behind these tragedies is grounded in...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Announces Temporary Closure in Response to COVID-19
03.13.2020
Roger Williams Park Zoo is temporarily closed to the public effective March 14, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice.

Event/Program Updates & FAQs

The Zoo is also suspending all events and educational programming during this time. We are following the directives from the City of Providence as well as the...

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day at Party for the Planet
03.05.2020
Wednesday, April 15 and April 22. Activities run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and are free with Zoo admission.

The Zoo is highlighting the importance of conservation, the environment, and animal care while giving guests the opportunity to join in engaging experiences that empower everyone to help conserve wildlife and wild places. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in animal encounters,...

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Be a FrogWatcher at Roger Williams Park Zoo and Save Amphibians!
01.21.2020
Amphibian species are disappearing at an alarming rate across the globe due to several factors such as habitat loss, pollution, and disease.

Become a citizen scientist at Roger Williams Park Zoo by joining FrogWatch USA and help save our frogs!

FrogWatch trainings cover the importance of amphibians in the environment, how monitoring our local population helps to protect various species of frogs, factors to consider in choosing...

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2019

Celebrate National Visit the Zoo Day
12.21.2019
To celebrate National Visit the Zoo Day, Roger Williams Park Zoo is offering free admission to all on Friday, December 27 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Zoo family encourages every visitor to share the holiday spirit with the community by bringing non-perishable food items to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank between 10 am – 1 pm.  Cardi’s s Furniture & Mattresses is generously donating a truck and staff to help collect all...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Honors Sophie Danforth
11.22.2019
It is with great sadness that the Rhode Island Zoological Society/Roger Williams Park Zoo announces the passing of Sophie Danforth.

In a statement to all staff at Rhode Island Zoological Society/Roger Williams Park Zoo, Dr. Jeremy Goodman, executive director said, “it is fair to say that she had a tremendous impact on all of our lives as there probably would not be a zoo in Providence today if it weren’t for her tremendous...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Named Healthy Employer
06.21.2019
Roger Williams Park Zoo was named a 2019 Healthiest Employer by Providence Business News (PBN) on Friday, June 21 in the 2-149 Employees category.

The companies, according to the PBN, were judged on responses to more than 60 questions that encompass communication and marketing culture as well as leadership commitment, foundation components, programming and interventions, reporting and analysis, and strategic planning by organizations that...

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