Roger Williams Park Zoo Announces Temporary Closure in Response to COVID-19

Roger Williams Park Zoo Announces Temporary Closure in Response to COVID-19

Friday, March 13, 2020
Roger Williams Park Zoo is temporarily closed to the public effective March 14, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice.

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 State of Rhode Island and Rhode Island Department of Health to assist in the effort to slow down the spread of novel coronavirus/COVID 19.

“We have been monitoring the coronavirus situation, and know it is important to comply with both Mayor Jorge Elorza and Gov. Gina Raimondo on doing everything we can to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  Therefore, in the best interest of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and the animals we cherish, we will close the Zoo for two weeks,” stated Dr. Jeremy Goodman, executive director of Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Animal care is the Zoo’s most important concern and the amazing veterinary and keeper staff will continue to provide all the animals with dedicated, professional care daily. The Zoo has plenty of essential food, medical supplies and other crucial items needed to ensure the health of the animals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not reporting any wildlife or animals in human care becoming sick with COVID-19.

Employees critical to providing the infrastructure work needed to run Roger Williams Park Zoo will also report to work.  Patrons with general Zoo tickets may use those tickets at any time once the Zoo re-opens.

Roger Williams Park Zoo will continue to monitor updates from the City of Providence, State of Rhode Island, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Rhode Island Department of Health and World Health Organization and will adjust plans accordingly.  For updated Zoo information please go to  

Roger Williams Park Zoo is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction, and a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. As leaders in conservation and animal care – we create engaging experiences that empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places.  Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.