WAZA Welcomes New Member – Roger Williams Park Zoo

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to welcome a new Institution Member to the global zoo and aquarium community – Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Established in 1872, Roger Williams Park Zoo was one of the first three zoos to be opened in the US and is home to 47 species of mammals, 32 species of birds, and 25 species of reptiles.

Dr Martín Zordan, WAZA CEO said, ‘WAZA is excited to have Roger Williams Park Zoo as our new Institution Member. From my experience collaborating with its Executive Director Stacey Johnson in recent years, I am sure they will be active in contributing to our global zoo and aquarium community.  Being one of the oldest zoos in the US, they are a leader in conservation and animal care, participating in six IUCN Species Survival Commission Specialist Groups and supporting numerous international wildlife conservation efforts.’

Roger Williams Park Zoo and its staff are also active members in programme leadership and/or advisory roles for nine AZA Species Survival Plans, three SAFE Programs, and seven Taxon Advisory Groups. The Zoo also collaborates with state and federal wildlife agencies, and it has been recognised at the national level as a hub in reproductive and reintroduction efforts for three native North American species. 


Stacey Johnson, Executive Director of Roger Williams Park Zoo said, ‘Roger Williams Park Zoo is honoured to join WAZA.  We look forward to advancing our shared values in animal care and education, while participating in WAZA’s increasingly influential global network of professional zoos and aquariums on behalf of wildlife and wild places.’

Roger Williams Park Zoo has also been accredited by and is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

More information about Roger Williams Park Zoo may be found on their website.

Posted: 29 May 2023

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