Providence, R.I. – Roger Williams Park Zoo is celebrating receiving a record number of generous donations this past year to its annual Enrichment Tree. Each year, Zoo volunteers and the keeper staff work together to create the tree, which holds the wish list of enrichment items needed to enrich the animals’ lives, such as balls, sensory based stimuli, and food puzzles. Visitors are then invited to make a contribution to help with the purchase of these important items.
In early December of this past year, a thief broke into the donation box and stole upwards of $200. Upon announcing this to the public, the Zoo was thrilled and gratified to receive a record setting flurry of generous donations from the surrounding community that came to $3,200.
To celebrate this unprecedented number of donations, and to thank the Zoo community, the Zoo will hold an Animal Enrichment Day, when visitors can to watch while the animals receive their brand new enrichment toys for the very first time.
“When we found the donation box had been broken into, all the employees and volunteers were broken hearted. This feeling was quickly reversed when we found out people were making donations to cover the loss of the donation box and then some. ” said Jen Hennessy, creator of this event and a zoo keeper in the Zoo’s Tropical America exhibits, “We wanted to dedicate a day following the Holiday Enrichment Tree to showcase the animals receiving their donated enrichment items as a thank you to everyone for supporting us.”
Animal Enrichment Day will take place on February 23rd, from 11am to 2pm. The introduction of the enrichment will be staggered throughout the day.
Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the oldest in the nation, is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction and is also a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. The Zoo has received numerous awards for environmental education, and conservation work done locally and around the world, caring for species that without human intervention would face certain extinction. Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the
Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.
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