Providence, RI – The Roger Williams Park Zoo will offer a free admission day to all on Friday, November 23 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Zoo family hope that visitors will share the holiday spirit with the community by bringing non-perishable food items to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.  Staff from Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses will be in the Zoo’s main parking lot collecting and boxing all the food items.

According to Dr. Jeremy Goodman, executive director of Roger Williams Park Zoo, “this is the third year that we have opened the Zoo free to guests, and encouraged folks to donate a food item to the RI Food Bank.  We hope that by opening the Zoo on Black Friday everyone will take some time to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and be with family and friends to experience everything the Zoo has to offer.  I am personally very grateful to everyone at Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses for donating their truck and staff.”

Many of the animals at Roger Williams Park Zoo enjoy the cooler temperatures including the adorable red pandas, captivating snow leopards, and delightful moon bears all on the Marco Polo Trail.  Additionally, do not forget to stop by and visit with the red wolves who also enjoy the brisk temperatures.

For a complete list of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s most needed items please go to:  For more information regarding the free admission day at the Zoo, please visit,

Roger Williams Park Zoo is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction, and a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. As leaders in conservation and animal care – we create engaging experiences that empower guests to join us in conserving wild life and wild places.  Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.


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