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It's Always an Adventure at Roger Williams Park Zoo!

In 1872, Roger Williams Park Zoo, the country’s third oldest Zoo, opened its doors to the public with a collection of small animal exhibits throughout Providence’s newly formed Roger Williams Park. 

Today, located amid 40 acres of beautiful woodlands, the Roger Williams Park Zoo provides visitors the opportunity to see animals from all over the globe – some species more than a million years old. Each year approximately 800,000 visitors from across the state - and even around the world - enjoy the Zoo's amazing animals, nationally-recognized events, and award-winning educational programs. Naturalistic surroundings are home to more than 100 species of animals including a Komodo dragon, as well as zebras, red pandas, African elephants, Masai giraffes, snow leopards, bears, anteaters, flamingoes, sloths, and more! For something slightly out of the ordinary, visit our new Explore and Soar area offering an exhilarating zip ride and a train excursion through the woodlands.

Roger Williams Park Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), American Humane certified, and is home to many endangered species.  As a result, the Zoo participates in cooperative conservation and breeding programs to help ensure the future survival of many endangered species. 

Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society (a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization), and is owned by the City of Providence.

Our Mission
Empowering guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places.
About RWP Zoo
The country’s third oldest Zoo, opened its doors to the public in 1872.
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