Providence, RI – Roger Williams Park Zoo will officially open its eagerly awaited exhibit – Faces of the Rainforest – on Thursday, November 29.
“It is with great excitement that we announce today the opening of this magnificent new exhibit, providing all our guests with the opportunity to experience the South American Rainforest here in Rhode Island,” said Dr. Jeremy Goodman, executive director of Roger Williams Park Zoo on October 30th in a press release. Additionally, Goodman stated that on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, members only will have the opportunity to see the rainforest from 9:00 – 10:00 am before the Zoo opens to the public at 10:00 am.
“We began this project in November 2016 and have watched our plans become reality. We know many of our guests watched as we went from a very active construction site to the beautiful building we open today,” said Goodman.
“I am so thrilled that visitors will have the opportunity to experience a free-flying aviary, get close to a number of species, and truly learn about the indigenous monkeys, birds, amphibians, and reptiles of the Amazon Rainforest,” adds Goodman.
Faces of the Rainforest is the first major project in phase one of a twenty-year master plan originally unveiled in 2015. The Zoo received initial funding for this project as part of the Clean Water, Open Space and Healthy Communities Bond passed by voters in 2014.
The zoo describes their newest exhibit on its website as follows;
The Tropical America exhibit has been permanently decommissioned to allow for the new Rainforest exhibit space. Favorite animals including the tamarins, flamingos and sloth are temporarily located in the Green House near Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard. Additionally, as patrons walk through the Zoo, some of the animals may be enjoying a different, yet temporary, home during the development of their permanent habitats.
Construction is still underway for the Zoo’s new rainforest exhibit, and with it comes the anticipation of fun and exciting new animal additions. Although not set to open until late 2018, we want to give you a sneak peek into the lives of these incredible creatures.
You will get excited when you see the South American giant river otter. Did you know that this incredible animal can reach lengths of up to six feet long when full-grown?
Wait until you meet the Titi monkeys who mate for life, and can typically be seen sitting or sleeping in pairs with their tails intertwined.
Of course, a howler monkey’s cry, often heard at a distance of up to two or three miles away, will keep you amazed as you walk through this new exhibit.
These three animals are just some of the fun and fascinating creatures you will discover in the Zoo’s awe-inspiring new rainforest exhibit. We don’t want you to miss out on your old favorites like the giant anteater, Chilean flamingos and white-faced saki – who will also call the new rainforest home. Whether you are interacting with toucans and troupials (troupials are a large passerine bird species found in Central America and tropical South America) inside the exhibit’s free-flight aviary or viewing an anaconda and colorful tropical fish, this immersive wildlife experience will take you on a journey to the depths of the Amazon Rainforest. Adults and children will discover how these diverse species, big and small, create the complex ecosystem rainforests thrive on, and learn what we can all do to ensure they survive.
For more information, visit https://www.rwpzoo.org/animals/exhibits/rainforest-exhibit-coming-2018.