Roger Williams Park Zoo receives $1.5M to bring back penguin exhibit

This is a photo of a check being presented to Roger Williams Zoo, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (Providence City Council)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and City Council President John Igliozzi awarded $1.5 million to Roger Williams Park Zoo on Thursday to help bring back their penguin exhibit.

“The entire Rhode Island community will be as excited as we are when the new penguin exhibit opens because of these efforts, said Stacey Johnson, executive director of RWP Zoo. “The penguins left the zoo a decade ago, and we look forward to them returning and making a huge splash in Providence!”

This funding comes from Providence’s American Rescue Plan Act money.

“The Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of our city’s most beloved destinations, and the City is proud to have helped to allocate funds to support these projects that will help the Zoo to not only recover from the pandemic, but leap forward into future successes,” said Elorza.

The zoo’s penguin exhibit, which has been inactive for ten years.


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