RHODE ISLAND ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY

It's Always an Adventure

aka Roger Williams Park Zoo   |   Providence, RI   |  www.rwpzoo.org

Mission

As leaders in conservation and animal care, we create engaging experiences and empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places.

Ruling year info

1964

Executive Director

Mr. Stacey Johnson

Main address

1000 Elmwood Avenue

Providence, RI 02907 USA

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EIN

05-6016675

NTEE code info

(Zoo, Zoological Society) (D50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are on a mission to empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places. But we cannot do it alone! When a person meets an animal face to face, they make a connection. They want to save wildlife and wild places. We ask all our visitors to make positive choices to help save wildlife and wild places at home. This messaging is also present in all of our education programming. We are actively involved in animal conservation projects locally & globally and are working to save animal species like: the New England cottontail, American burrying beetle, timber rattlesnake, African elephant, tree kangaroo and snow leopard.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education Programing

Roger Williams Park Zoo is the ultimate living classroom and an award-winning center for environmental education. In addition to our programming, Roger Williams Park Zoo actively advocates for environmental and science education in Rhode Island and across the nation, helping to shape and support education legislation.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are on a mission to empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places. But we cannot do it alone! We ask all Zoo visitors to make positive choices at home.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

American Zoos and Aquariums Association - Accreditation

American Humane Certified 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Zoo Visitors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Free admission is provided to all Providence city residents.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are on a mission to empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places. But we cannot do it alone!
When a person meets an animal face to face, they make a connection. They want to save wildlife and wild places. We ask all our visitors to make positive choices to help save wildlife and wild places at home. This messaging is also present in all of our education programming.

We are actively involved in animal conservation projects locally & globally and are working to save animal species like: the New England cottontail, American burrying beetle, timber rattlesnake, African elephant, tree kangaroo and snow leopard.

We are on a mission to empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places. But we cannot do it alone!
When a person meets an animal face to face, they make a connection. They want to save wildlife and wild places. We ask all our visitors to make positive choices to help save wildlife and wild places at home. This messaging is also present in all of our education programming.

We are actively involved in animal conservation projects locally & globally and are working to save animal species like: the New England cottontail, American burrying beetle, timber rattlesnake, African elephant, tree kangaroo and snow leopard.

Zoos are uniquely positioned to link individuals, especially children and people living in urban areas, with the natural world. Over 175 million people visit zoos and aquariums annually, more than attend NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB games each year. In short, people really love zoos! We're proud to be New England's premiere zoo, and at Roger Williams Park Zoo, we welcome well over 650,000 visitors each year.

Through creative, evocative exposure and engagement, we lay the foundation for meaningful understanding of animal welfare, environmental, and conservation issues. RWPZ is a recognized leader in environmental and conservation education.

Located in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island, Roger Williams Park Zoo (RWPZ) is one of the oldest zoos in the country. When we opened our doors in 1872, RWPZ was a collection of small animals spread throughout the newly formed Roger Williams Park. We have always been so proud of being a part of this beautiful park and that has not changed a bit. What has changed is that today, Roger Williams Park Zoo provides visitors the opportunity to see animals from all over the globe – some more than a million years old. Our naturalistic surroundings are home to more than 160 animals including a Komodo dragon, as well as zebras, red pandas, African elephants, Masai giraffes, snow leopards, bears, anteaters, flamingoes, sloths, alligators, and more! What started as a scattered collection of small animals on display purely for the purpose of entertainment has today evolved into “New England’s great zoo” (The Boston Globe) and one of our region’s foremost centers for conservation and environmental education. In 1986, Roger Williams Park Zoo became the first Zoo in New England to earn accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RHODE ISLAND ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 03/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Patrick LeBeau

Nancy Allen

Sandra Coletta

Margaret Ferguson

Kristen Adamo

Martha Bower

Douglas Caniglia

DCI Inc.

Barbara Cottam

Citizens

Sarah Denby

Marta Gomez-Chiarri

University of RI

Kimberley Little

Liz Rollins Mauran

Jeffrey Mello

John Palumbo

RI Monthly Communications

Steven Parente

Bank RI

Karen Silva

Johnson & Wales University

Maribeth Williamson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/14/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data