Zoo Conservation initiatives

Conservation and environmental stewardship are at the core of our mission here at Roger Williams Park Zoo.  The Zoo is the recipient of numerous awards for conservation work done both locally and around the globe. We are proud to say that we maintain an excellent reputation as a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of our size.

The Zoo actively participates in 55 AZA Species Survival Plans® which propagate endangered and threatened species in zoos, including the red wolf, Matschie’s tree kangaroos, snow leopards, American burying beetles, wrinkled hornbill, and others. SSP’s are cooperative species population management and conservation programs undertaken for threatened or endangered animals by AZA member institutions. The goal of this SSP and all Species Survival Plans® is to build and maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population.

American Burying Beetle Species Survival Plan
New England Cottontail Breeding Program
Tree Kangaroo Species Survival Plan
Timber Rattlesnake Species Survival Plan
Become a Frogwatcher
Saving Animals From Extinction Program
Global Conservation Initiatives
Sustainable Zoo Practices