Press Releases

Press Releases

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


Critically Endangered Red Pup Born at Roger Williams Park Zoo
Roger Williams Park Zoo is elated to announce the birth of a red wolf pup, the world’s most endangered canid species, as part of the red wolf breeding program.

Born at the Zoo on May 5, mom Brave (aged 6) has been observed carefully tending to her little one. This is a historic birth for the Zoo and an emblem of hope for the survival of this species. Only 15-20 red wolves remain in the wild, and they are all located in eastern North Carolina.


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Roger Williams Park Zoo Beloved Seal Bubba has new Residency, Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Roger Williams Park Zoo’s beloved harbor seal Bubba has a new residency at Woods Hole Science Aquarium on Cape Cod.

Bubba brought joy to staff and visitors of the Zoo for over 20 years. Although the Zoo will miss him very much, staff and volunteers are excited to know that he’ll have harbor seal company.

Harbor seals are very social animals and thanks to coordination with USDA and the Association of...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Takes Precautions Against Avian Flu
Roger Williams Park Zoo is taking preventative measures to ensure the safety of the bird species in its care.

Roger Williams Park Zoo is taking preventative measures to ensure the safety of the bird species in its care from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), a virus that has been found in many wild birds and domestic flocks along the east coast. This is a disease the Zoo’s animal care and...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Celebrates its 150th Birthday
New England's Zoo Since 1872

(updated March 14)  In 1872, Ulysses Grant was president; there were 37 states in the union; the U.S. Patent Office issued the first patent; the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City; suffragette Susan B. Anthony was arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshal and charged with...

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Asian Lantern Spectacular Returns to Roger Williams Park Zoo through July 4
Celebrate the art, beauty and wonder of 2000 years of tradition and journey through a wonderland of illuminated, larger-than-life lanterns inspired by our wild world.

The Zoo is transformed into a dazzling evening experience with interactive displays, delicious Asian-inspired cuisine and cultural stage show performances. This enchanting multicultural experience is sure to delight all ages!

The lanterns are created by hand with silk fabric stretched...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Job & Volunteer Fair
Looking for wild career and volunteer opportunities? Stop by the RWPZoo's Job & Volunteer Fair at Carousel Village on March 9, 2022.

Join the Zoo Crew! 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 the nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. The Zoo is also recruiting for teen and adult volunteer positions...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Shatters Attendance Record in 2021
Roger Williams Park Zoo announces record-breaking attendance of 834,960 visitors in 2021, representing an increase of 23.5% over pre-Covid attendance in 2019.

That number is the highest recorded since the Zoo began tracking visitor attendance. The Roger Williams Park Zoo is the most visited attraction in Rhode Island. 

The Zoo also set a new record of 168,850 visitors for its annual Halloween event, Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular presented by...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Mourns Death of 28-Year-Old Giraffe
With great sadness, Roger Williams Park Zoo announces the death of Sukari, their beloved 28-year-old Masai giraffe.

The Zoo staff worked diligently to care for Sukari; her comfort was the utmost priority while treating her for significant arthritis and age-related ailments. 

The husbandry, animal care and veterinary teams monitored her closely in recent days. Given her advanced age and concern for the...

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Celebrate National Visit the Zoo Day and Support Your Community
To celebrate Visit the Zoo Day, Roger Williams Park Zoo is offering free admission to all on Monday, December 27 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Zoo family encourages every visitor to share the holiday spirit with the community by bringing non-perishable food items to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank between 10 am – 3 pm.  Cardi’s s Furniture & Mattresses is generously donating a truck and...

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Roger Williams Park Zoo announces new executive director
The Rhode Island Zoological Society Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Stacey Johnson as the new Executive Director of the Roger Williams Park Zoo, following a national search.

“Stacey brings experience, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to the Zoo.  He exemplifies all the qualities we were looking for; he is the right person to lead this institution into an exciting future as we begin our 150th anniversary in 2022,” said Patrick LeBeau, Chairman of the Zoo’s Board of...

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