Press Releases

Press Releases

For all media related inquiries please contact:

Phone: 401-785-3510 x378
Mail: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave.Providence, RI 02907


Roger Williams Park Zoo Hosts Holiday Lights Spectacular
Zoo Transforms into a Sparkling Winter Wonderland! Opens November 26.

Last year, the response to the Zoo’s inaugural Holiday Lights Spectacular was fantastic! Visitors loved seeing their favorite Zoo all dressed up to celebrate the season.

This year, guests will experience Holiday Lights Spectacular as an all-new walk-through event...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Offers Two Sensory-Friendly Nights during Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular will offer two sensory friendly evenings for those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences and their families from 5:00 – 6:00 pm Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday October 27.

For maximum enjoyment, over 6000 pumpkins will still light up the Zoo’s Wetlands Trail, but there will be no music or special effects. Presented by Citizens, this year’s spectacular takes visitors on a historical journey from the days of ragtime and swing to rock and roll and hip hop as we...

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Looking for "WILD" Career and Volunteer Opportunities?
Stop by the Roger Williams Park Zoo Job & Volunteer Fair on September 22, 2021.

Roger Williams Park Zoo is hiring for a wide variety of part-time and seasonal positions to work at the Zoo during the day and for evening events including, Holiday Lights Spectacular and the nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. The Zoo is also recruiting for teen and adult volunteer...

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Executive Director Jeremy Goodman Leaving Roger Williams Park Zoo
The Roger Williams Park Zoo announced today that Dr. Jeremy Goodman will be leaving his position as Executive Director next month to join the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium as their next President & CEO.

Prior to working at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, Goodman also worked at Turtle Back Zoo in New Jersey and the Indiana Potawatomi Zoo.

“It has been a great privilege working alongside the board and staff of Roger Williams Park Zoo for the past eight years.  I am incredibly proud to have...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo hosts Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
From Joplin to Jay-Z, Experience 150 Years of Music. September 30 – October 31, 2021

It’s music to our ears as the nationally acclaimed walk-through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo is back and better than ever.  Presented by Citizens, this year’s spectacular takes visitors on a journey from the days of ragtime and swing to rock and roll and hip hop as we...

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Director of Conservation Programs Honored with Prestigious Award by USFWS
This year on Endangered Species Day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recognized the achievements of Lou Perrotti, director of conservation programs at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Perrotti has been named a 2020 Recovery Champion for his dedication and ongoing efforts to support the recovery of the rare American burying beetle.

The nationally recognized Recovery Champion Award celebrates the contributions and achievements of USFWS staff and partners whose work is...

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Giving Back to the Community
Local communities are vital to the mission of Roger Williams Park Zoo – to create engaging experiences that empower guests to join in conserving wildlife and wild places.

Each year, to inspire the next generation of conservationists and create valuable memories, the Zoo gives back to the community by offering free and discounted education programs, supporting other local nonprofits, and offering free and discounted admission to underserved community members....

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Updated Mask Policy
Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village will follow the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated recommendations and guidelines regarding mask wearing.

The Zoo and Carousel Village will no longer require fully vaccinated visitors to wear a mask outdoors or indoors*. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained outdoors and when entering all indoor locations.


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4th Annual Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
Roger Williams Park Zoo is raising awareness about the importance of protecting endangered species and their habitats through its 4th annual Endangered Species Youth Art Contest.

The Zoo and co-sponsor Jerry’s Artarama of Providence invite local K-12 grade students and homeschoolers in the New England area to create art depicting threatened/endangered species.

Contest designs will be judged on creativity, originality, and meeting art specifications.


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New Asian Lantern Spectacular; Tickets on-sale now
Happening April 15 – July 4, 2021

Journey through a wonderland of illuminated larger-than-life lanterns inspired by our wild world. From dazzling and interactive displays to delicious Asian-inspired cuisine, this enchanting multicultural experience is sure to delight all ages!

The show which is produced by Hanart Culture...

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