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Paws for a Cause with RWPZoo
August 14, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Event Information

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Take the family out to a ball game. Tuesday, August 14, support the Roger Williams Park Zoo and enjoy a PawSox game!  For every ticket sold through our link, half of the proceeds go directly to the Zoo and help fund our educational programs, world-class animal care, and conservation efforts both locally and globally. 

Teams: PawSox vs Norfolk Tides at McCoy Stadium
Price: General Admission $10/person

Click here to secure your tickets!

Please Note: You must use the link above in order for proceeds from your purchase to go directly to the Zoo. 


Celebrate World Elephant Day!
August 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Event Information

The Zoo's Textron Elephant Barn tours in celebration of World Elephant Day have been cancelled due to bad weather.

Twenty-minute tours of the barn are on a first-come first-served basis.  Get an up-close view of the workings of the elephant barn, and insight on the care elephants receive. There are no animal interactions on the tour, and the elephants will not be in the barn during the tours, but you may visit with the elephants after the tour in the Ivory Ella Yard. 

Talk with the animal keepers who work with the Zoo’s African elephants Alice, Ginny, and Kate at four different locations throughout the barn.  At each area, keepers will discuss various aspects of their interactions with elephants, answer visitor questions, and allow time for guests to take photos of the inside of the barn

And don't miss out on special elephant keeper talks and animal enrichment throughout the day. Please note: All outdoor activites are weather permitting and included with the price of regular Zoo admission.


Members Night
August 9, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

This exclusive, member's only, evening is fun for the whole family! Explore the Zoo after hours, discover animal encounters, live music, FREE train rides, and a special craft activity. Enjoy discounts on the Soaring Eagle zip ride, camel rides and face painting. Get up-close with the Zoo's adorable nine-banded armadillos during hands-on armadillo encounters and more! We hope you can come and look forward to sharing our appreciation with you!

Date: Thursday, August 9
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Cost: FREE for Zoo members

No RSVP is needed. But do plan ahead: be prepared to present your active membership card along with a photo ID at the gate to gain admittance. Only individuals covered under your membership may attend.

Please note: All activities and animal encounters are weather dependant.

Family Overnights (6+)
July 28, 2018 - 6:30pm to July 29, 2018 - 10:00am
Event Information

Snooze at the Zoo for the wildest family overnight adventure in town! The night begins with pizza and ice cream before educators engage you and children in hands-on activities, animal encounters, and a Zoo tour by flashlight. End the evening by crawling into your sleeping bag in the Meller-Danforth Education Center with popcorn and a movie. You’ll need your zzzzs before waking up with the animals! A light breakfast will be provided before a morning Zoo tour.

Time:  6:30 pm - 10:00 am


  • Members:  $100 per parent/child pair; $50 per additional participant.
  • Non-members:  $110 per parent/child pair; $55 per additional participant.

Dates & Themes:

  • Saturday, July 28: Stayin’ Alive - Animals in the food chain do everything they can to stay alive. Over time, many have developed amazing adaptations that keep them from becoming the next item on the menu. Some have clever camouflage, some have built in armor and others even sacrifice body parts.


Please note: There must be at least a 1:3 parent/child ratio. This program is not designed for adults without children
Important registration note: There are no refunds unless program is cancelled by the Zoo.
All requests to change the date of your program must be made at least 48 hours prior to the start of your scheduled program. Requests are not guaranteed and are dependent upon availability. A fee of $20 per program participant will be assessed when any change to your program date is made.

Questions? Contact programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext 358.

Bowling for Rhinos!
July 28, 2018 - 6:30pm
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There are only five species of rhinoceros left in the world - join our zoo keepers for a fun night of bowling, and you can help save them!

Date: Saturday, July 28
Place: AMF Cranston Lanes, 1450 Elmwood Avenue, Cranston RI
Time: 6:30 pm
Price: includes 3 hours of bowling, lanes, and shoe rental.

  • Advanced - $15 (Adult) $10 (Children ages 3 - 10)
  • At the door - $20 (Adult) $10 (Children ages 3 - 10)

Please note: Free for children 2 and under, as well as guests who are not bowling.

The Roger Williams Park Zoo chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is hosting their 6th annual Bowling for Rhinos event to raise funds for rhino and habitat conservation. Not only can you expect a fun evening bowling with friends and family, but also a night that has a deeper impact on the environment. 

Join in the Musical Fun with Maria Sangiolo
July 18, 2018 - 10:30am to 1:30pm
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Join Maria Sangiolo as she sings her award winning songs about building a better world, awareness of the earth, sustainability and agriculture from her award winning CD Planting Seeds.

Date: Wednesday, July 18
Time: Shows 10:30 - 11:30 am & 12:30 - 1:30 pm in the Marco Polo Plaza
Cost: Included with the price of regular Zoo admission; FREE for Zoo members.

Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts
June 30, 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Event Information

Zoobilee! - Feast with the Beasts, presented by ALEX AND ANI, is the Zoo's largest single-night fundraiser featuring fine fare from dozens of the area's best restaurants and caterers. Enjoy fabulous entertainment including live music and dancing, and other fun surprises! This is an adults-only evening event (21+). 

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018 


  • 7 PM General Admission (1 ticket).....$125.00*

  • 6 PM VIP Admission and recognition in Program (2 tickets).....$500.00

  • 6 PM VIP Admission and recognition in Program (4 tickets).....$1,000.00

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

*Please note: Zoo Members receive a $25 discount off each ticket (limit 2 at the member rate). To receive your discount, call Erin at (401) 941-3910 ext. 453.

​For a complete list of of entertainment, special activities, and this year's restaurant list, Click Here.

Please note: Saturday, June 30, the Zoo will open at 10:00 am, last ticket will be sold at 1:30 pm, and the Zoo will close at 2:00 pm for Zoobilee, Feasts with the Beasts.

Sheep Shearing Day
June 9, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
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Join us for our annual sheep-shearing day on Saturday, June 9 from10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The Zoo’s five sheep, located in the Alex and Ani Farmyard, will be sheared in five 30-minute sessions. Visit the Farmyard’s Contact Yard for an upclose encounter with the sheep and goats, and discover the other animals living in the Farmyard including alpaca, barn owls, chickens, giant Flemish rabbits, guinea hogs, Kunekune pigs, and everyone’s favorite Willy the miniature donkey.

Listen to Pete Sepe, of Sepe Farm, LLC as he explains the process of shaving the wool off a sheep, and the skills required to shear a sheep efficiently and quickly without causing injury to the sheep or the shearer. Customarily sheep are sheared yearly so they do not become stressed or uncomfortable especially in the hot and humid weather. If not sheared, a sheep’s wool will become matted, stained, and difficult to remove.

Pete Sepe has been involved in farming for over 40 years.  Along with his wife Carol, daughters Hilary and Erin, and son-in-law Jonathan he operates Sepe Farm.  He is a professional sheep shearer, an agricultural consultant, and a former agriculture and science teacher.

Scout Safari Night
May 19, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
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Calling All Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts - explore the Zoo after the gates have closed during Scout Safari Night!

Enjoy tours of the John J. Palumbo Veterinary Hospital, music and dancing, the opportunity to make enrichment for the animals, become a mad scientist, and much more - all while completing a variety of badge requirements. Each Scout will receive a souvenir Roger Williams Park Zoo Scout Safari Night Patch. (We guarantee patches for scouts who register in advance online only and cannot guarantee patch availability for walk-ins.)

Scout Safari Night includes animal enrichment making, owl pellet investigation, keeper talks, animal encounters, conservation carnival, worm composting & seed planting, tours of the John J. Palumbo Veterinary Hospital, mad scientist lab, a commemorative Scout Safari Night patch and more! All while completing a variety of badge requirements.

Participants can also take part in a service project by collecting items for our animals wish list.

Date:  Saturday, May 19, 2018 (rain date Sunday, May 20)
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Price: (RWP Zoo members receive a $3 discount/person.)

  • April 8 - May 18: $29 per participant age 2+
  • Walk-Ins May 19: $34 per participant age 2+

Click Here to Register NOW

Questions? Contact Programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.

Mascot Meet & Greet Day
May 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
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Join in the fun and meet your favorite mascots from around New England including the Zoo’s very own Roger the Red Panda. All mascots will be throughout the Zoo, and ready to take photos and greet children and adults!  Meet characters from Rhode Island Comic Con including a stormtroopers and sith from Star Wars, Robin and Beast Boy from Teen Titan, superhero Deadpool, Judy Hopps from Zootopia, and an inflatable T-Rex.   Also roaming the Zoo, Slyde from New England Revolution, Andy the Armadillo from Texas Roadhouse, Joey from Launch Trampoline, the puffin from Children’s Workshop, and Max Man from Rhode Island Resource Recovery.  Cat Country will be playing your favorites in Wilderness Plaza accompanied by their mascot the Cat.

Also enjoy the opportunity to get up close to the Zoo's nine-banded and six-banded armadillos in an interactive animal encounter.  This activity is weather permitting and located on the Marco Polo Trail. 

This event is FREE with Zoo admission; toddlers age one and younger as well as Zoo members get in free.