Roger Williams Park Zoo Opens New Faces of the Rainforest Exhibit
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Executive Director of the Roger Williams Park Zoo, Jeremy Goodman, cut the “rainforest vine” that officially opened the building to the public.
It was an exciting day at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, as the long awaited ‘Faces of the Rainforest’ exhibit opened to a full crowd of eager visitors. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Executive Director of the Roger Williams Park Zoo, Jeremy Goodman, cut the “rainforest vine” that officially opened the spectacular building to the public. With four years in the making and 14 million dollars spent, the ‘Faces of the Rainforest’ exhibit commences the first phase of the zoo’s twenty year plan that was unveiled back in 2015. Funding for the project was initially received from the Clean Water, Open Space and Healthy Communities Bond that was passed by voters in 2014.
The exhibit includes thirty-five new species of animals and 100 plant and flora species from the Amazon Rainforest. As you walk through the exhibit, monkeys can be spotted overhead, a sloth moves through the branches and two endangered otters swim together, making quick appearances at the surface of the water. Other animal and reptiles include black howler monkeys, frogs, iguanas and beautiful bird species including toucans and macaws. Both Mayor Elorza and Goodman gave thanks to the committed, energetic and passionate group of park commissioners, donors and volunteers that made the ‘Faces of the Rainforest exhibit’ possible.
Mayor Elorza also spoke to the incredible resource that this exhibit will serve for both the city of Providence and the state of Rhode Island. “This exhibit opens at an incredibly important time in our world, I hope that when young people come to visit and they look up at the beautiful greenery they will be inspired to commit to a life of suitability and preservation of our planet. I hope they consider how rainforests are directly impacted by our day to day actions and how we have a direct effect on the people, animals and vegetation that call these rainforests home,” says Elorza.
The Roger Williams Park Zoo will continue to hold the title of Rhode Island’s number one tourist attraction as its most recent and exciting exhibit flourishes on its opening day. The exhibit will not only delight guests, but will provide insight and education into the preservation of our planet’s most beautiful animal and plant species.
Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, rwpzoo.org.