Mother Nature made quite a ruckus in October, but despite a rain-filled first week and hurricane conditions later in the month, a record 110,169 people turned out to experience the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular presented by Citizens Bank at Roger Williams Park Zoo. The previous record of 107,646 people was set in 2010.

"We are thrilled and very appreciative of this support from the Rhode Island community and beyond," said Zoo executive director Jack Mulvena. The Zoo hosts the month long event as a fundraiser for its environmental education programs, its local and international conservation efforts, and for Zoo improvements.

Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the oldest in the nation, is Rhode Island's number one outdoor family and tourist attraction, and is also a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. The Zoo has received numerous awards for environmental education, and conservation work done locally and around the world, caring for species that without human intervention would face certain extinction. Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.