Roger Williams Park Zoo

Meet African animals, farmyard critters and rare species when you explore the exhibits of one of the country’s oldest zoos, located in a leafy park setting.

The Roger Williams Park Zoo showcases more than 100 species of animals, from rare and exotic breeds to the animals you might find in your backyard. Founded in 1872, the zoo features modern updates while retaining its traditional family-friendly appeal. Make your way around the 40-acre (16.2-hectare) parkland and see the fascinating creatures up close and learn about flora and fauna from around the world.

Check out the Fabric of Africa exhibit, which will take you on an exciting safari through the African savannah. You’ll see zebras, wildebeests and aoudads. Head to the special viewing pavilion to see elephants and giraffes being fed by the zookeepers. Visit the rainforest area to see tropical American animals, such as flamingoes, giant anteaters and free-roaming monkeys.

The North America exhibit gives an insight into the critters that make their homes on this continent. See bald eagles, bison, red wolves and cheeky river otters. Use the underwater viewing area to see how harbor seals swim gracefully through the water.

Don’t miss the Outback Trail, where you can learn about the creatures from the land Down Under. See long-legged emus and laughing kookaburras, as well as bounding kangaroos. Moon bears, snow leopards and rare red pandas can be viewed in the intriguing exhibit that follows Marco Polo’s famous expedition through Asia.

Explore the beautiful Rhode Island wetlands on a short trail that winds through this endangered habitat. The trail showcases rare flora and fauna in a lush natural environment. Kids will love the Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard and Alex and Ani Farmyard exhibits, which are educational play spaces for families. Explore a treehouse or experience the daily tasks of a Rhode Island farmer.

Check the zoo’s program to find out about animal feeding times, special events and zookeeper talks. The zoo has two cafés on site, as well as a specialty sweets store. Stop by the gift store for souvenirs.

The Roger Williams Park Zoo is located in a spacious park in Elmwood, 15-minutes’ drive south of downtown Providence by car or local bus. Discounted tickets are available for children, families and military veterans. The zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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