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

2018

Roger Williams Park Zoo Achieves American Humane Conservation Certification
09.18.2018
The facility passed rigorous, independent third-party audits to earn the certification.

American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare and well-being, announced the certification of Roger Williams Park Zoo through the American Humane Conservation program. The facility passed rigorous, independent third-party...

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Statement from Roger Williams Park Zoo
05.15.2018
Roger Williams Park Zoo staff train regularly on best practices for any type of emergency including the escape of large and dangerous animals.

PROVIDENCE, RI – An incident occurred at Roger Williams Park Zoo this morning at approximately 9:05 am when the takin escaped its enclosure.  The issue was resolved by 9:55 am, and the Zoo opened at 10:15 am.  The incident began when the veterinary team approached the takin for a routine hoof...

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Tour the Roger Williams Park Zoo Elephant Barn
05.08.2018
Ever wonder how an elephant takes a bath, does her nails, or checks her weight? Now, you can find out!

Ever wonder how an elephant takes a bath, does her nails, or checks her weight?  Now, you can find out at the Roger Williams Park Zoo Textron Elephant Barn tour on Sunday, June 3 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Twenty-minute tours of the barn are on a first come first served basis.  The tour provides...

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RWPZoo Mourns Passing of Paul, the Oldest Male Matschie's Tree Kangaroo in the Country
03.28.2018
Paul was 23 years, 5 months and 5 days old when he passed away.

It is with great sadness that Roger Williams Park Zoo announces the death of Paul, the oldest Matschie’s tree kangaroo in the country.  Due to complications from heart issues that reduced his quality of life, the animal care staff at the Zoo made the decision to euthanize Paul on Tuesday, March...

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2017

Roger Williams Park Zoo Condemns Trump Administration's Lift on Ban of Importing Elephant Trophies
11.16.2017
Roger Williams Park Zoo is decrying the Trump administration’s decision to lift an Obama-era ban on importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The United States lists African elephants under the federal Endangered Species Act.

“This is a very sad day for anybody who works with and understands African elephants,” says Roger Williams Park Zoo executive director Jeremy Goodman.  “We know that 96 elephants a day are killed in the wild.  Our zoo works with the Wildlife Conservation Society on its 96 Elephants campaign to...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Opens Its Door Free to the Public Black Friday, November 24
11.16.2017
Free admission day to all on Friday, November 24, 2017.

Zoo family hope that visitors will share the holiday spirit with the community by bringing non-perishable food items to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.  Boxes for food items will be at the front gates of the Zoo.

According to Dr. Jeremy Goodman, executive director of Roger...

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USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Announces Roger Williams Park Zoo Best Attraction in Rhode Island
10.13.2017
What makes Roger Williams Park Zoo like Disneyland, The River Walk in San Antonio and warm Caribbean Islands– they are all NUMBER ONE in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

Recognized nationwide as a leader in animal care, environmental education, and conservation efforts, many of the animals thriving at the Zoo are critically endangered, endangered, and/or vulnerable.  Locally, Roger Williams Park Zoo conservationists focus on saving the American burying beetle,...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo’s daytime Halloween event Spooky Zoo is back October 28 & 29
10.05.2017
This year there is something for everyone including animal lovers, sports buffs, music enthusiasts, dancers and Star Wars fans.

Roger Williams Park Zoo’s daytime Halloween event Spooky Zoo is back on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm offering outdoor autumn activities for the whole family.

This year there is something for everyone including animal lovers, sports buffs, music...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Supports Heroic Emergency Rescue Plan to Save the Vaquita Porpoise
04.04.2017
Roger Williams Park Zoo announces commitment to work in conjunction with the government of Mexico to save the vaquita porpoise
Working through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Roger Williams Park Zoo announced today their commitment to work in conjunction with the government of Mexico to save the vaquita porpoise - the world’s most endangered marine mammal. 
 
According to Dr. Jeremy...

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Explore the World with Roger Williams Park Zoo during “Party for the Planet”
03.03.2017
RWP Zoo’s annual Earth Day celebration, provides family fun during Rhode Island’s April school vacation week.

Providence, R.I. – Every year, in honor of Earth Day, Roger Williams Park Zoo hosts Party for the Planet, a full week of fun for families to share. This year’s event will celebrate the importance of conservation and our environment, represented at the core of the mission at Roger Williams Park...

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