The timber rattlesnake plays an important role in deciduous forests. One of only two venomous snake species in New England, these rattlers help control populations of small mammals and are a food source for hawks, bobcats, coyotes, foxes and more. Previously widespread in 31 states, human fear has resulted in timber rattlesnakes being completely extirpated from Maine, Rhode Island, central New Hampshire, most of Vermont, Long Island, and eastern and northern Ohio. They now face a new threat: disease. Hear from Roger Williams Park Zoo Director of Conservation Lou Perrotti how Zoo staff have joined New England biologists and conservationists in a collaborative regional effort created to save the remaining timber rattlesnake populations. This project was recently featured on Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin!
Programs for Adults
Programs for Adults
Zoos aren't only for kids! Explore what the Zoo has to offer adult visitors, both on and off grounds.
Paint at the Zoo *New*
You've heard the hype, now be a part of it in Paint Events at the Zoo! This instructor led workshop is designed to guide artists of all skill levels step by step through creating artwork to be proudly displayed at home. We'll provide everything you need: canvas, paints, brushes, a smock and refreshments.
Conservation Lecture Series
Travel with Us
Join us on exciting day trips and adventurous vacations to great animal and nature themed destinations and some of our Earth’s most amazing places!
Amphibian species are disappearing at an alarming rate across the globe due to a number of factors such as habitat loss, pollution, and disease. FrogWatch trainings cover the importance of amphibians in the environment, how monitoring our local population helps to protect them, factors to consider in choosing a site to monitor, how to tell frog species apart by their calls and how to report findings to FrogWatch USA. Become a citizen scientist with FrogWatch USA and help save our frogs!
Volunteer with Us
Do you like to learn something new every day? Do you have a passion for animals and the environment? Do you enjoy being around people who share your passion? Roger Williams Park Zoo’s volunteer program may just be right for you! Our volunteers are critical to achieving our mission and are an indispensable part of the Zoo team; their enriching interactions with Zoo visitors, along with their endless enthusiasm, dedication and support are priceless.