"Our daily programming offers our visitors a chance to experience a different adventure and learn something new every time they visit the Zoo," said Lynne McLain, manager of interpretation and graphics at the Zoo. "So a family can visit the Zoo multiple times and in addition to watching all the animals, which is always fascinating all by itself, they can also take part in a different special activity each time."
Visitors can participate in fun, interactive experiences at Exploration Stations throughout the Zoo; find out how many ants an anteater can eatin a day, see how big an elephant tooth really is, learn the Swahili words for "elephant" and "giraffe," touch a turtle shell found in the Zoo's own wetlands and more. Additional activities are also presented from various teen-run Zoo Crew Carts. And visitors can also take a break to enjoy a puppet show or Creature Feature presentation by the Zoo's resident performers, the Wild Bunch.
To encourage ongoing participation, the Zoo is offering kids a "Really Wild Passport to the Zoo" (RWPZ for short) to collect stamps after participating in each learning adventure. Passports can be picked up at any of the three Exploration Stations ( located in Africa, at the Tropical America Cantina or on the Wetlands Trail). Activity schedules may fluctuate, but the Exploration Stations are generally open from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (with a break from 12:15-12:45) and Zoo Crew Carts are generally open from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (with a break from 12:30 - 1). Check the daily activity boards at the Zoo for the day's schedule of Wild Bunch performances.
Roger Williams Park Zoo is open year ‘round, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3 - 12) and seniors (ages 62+); children under 3 and Zoo members get in free. For more information, visit www.rwpzoo.org.