Roger Williams Park Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo

The baby’s name is Polly and she’s a Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo, an endangered species, with only a few dozen in captivity in the United States.

The kangaroos have a reddish-brown and white coat with small ears and long tails. They’re found in the rainforests of Papau New Guinea, where they spend most of their time climbing trees in high-altitude forests. However, the species is threatened by logging, mining, and drilling. Six Matschie’s Tree Kangaroos were born in captivity in the United States last year as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Program.

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Environmental officials in Massachusetts are trying to restore an endangered population of native rattlesnakes. The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence is helping out with the project.

Photo Courtesy of St. Michael's Country Day School

The bill to make the American burying beetle the official state insect heads to the governor’s desk. This was the result of steady lobbying by third graders in Newport.

  

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The Roger Williams Park Zoo this week revealed its 20-year master plan to renovate the zoo in three phases.

  Last year voters approved a bond that set aside $15 million to cover the cost of the zoo renovation’s first phase. Each phase, which will add new exhibitions, will cost $25 million. The first phase will include a new rain forest building and a new education center. The old education center will be repurposed to a reptile house, the first one in New England, said Roger Williams Park Zoo Executive Director Jeremy Goodman.

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A live camel made a quick stop in middle of downtown Providence this afternoon.  The eight-foot tall animal was visiting from Roger Williams Park Zoo, and greeted passersby in Kennedy Plaza. 

The zoo brought him out to drum up buzz for a new ‘ride-a-camel’ exhibit, and, of course, celebrate hump day.

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Roger Williams Park Zoo is announcing the birth of a Matschie Tree Kanagroo. The baby kangaroo has just started to poke her head out of her mother’s pouch.

Zookeepers are pretty sure the baby Matschie Tree Kangaroo is a girl, and went ahead and named her Holly.

She was born back in October and has spent the past several months tucked away in her mother’s pouch. Now that she’s poking her head out, the zoo decided to spread the news. 

Roger Williams Park Zoo hosted its 3rd event for the Animal Birthday Party Club series this summer.  Each year, the zoo holds the birthday party series from May thru August to celebrate some of their favorite creatures. 

Director of Marketing and Public Relations Jan Mariani says that these parties are a fun way for children to learn about the animals through interactive and creative activities.  She adds that there are other perks for the party’s attendees.