Guest Blogger: Anne McDonough, Roger Williams Park Zoo

The monkey charm — created exclusively for Roger Williams Park Zoo — is more than just a partnership, it’s an opportunity, a hope and a tool for awareness. From the Zoo’s humble beginnings as a motley assortment of creatures gathered in a corner of Roger Williams Park in 1872 to the sprawling 40-acre park home to more than 100 species of rare and exotic animals, this Zoo has meant so much to families in Rhode Island and throughout New England.

As a Zoo, not only do we strive to provide the best care for our animals, but we are also a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of our size. As a partner in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) administered by the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Roger Williams Park Zoo cares for and breeds species that, without human intervention, would fade from existence.

The Zoo also seeks to serve Rhode Island and the surrounding area as a responsible environmental steward. We participate in fieldwork in several sites throughout New England as part of four important conservation projects aimed at saving endemic endangered species. In this vein, we continuously develop conservation-based educational programing, and to date, count hundreds of environmental stewards in our Zoo family.

That’s why the monkey charm means so much to us. With this partnership, we can reach a whole new group of passionate people who can help us spread the word of environmental stewardship, of conservation, of caring what happens to the natural world around us. By wearing this charm, they will support us, in more ways than they can imagine.

Here at the Zoo we say: “Share the Wild.” What is left unsaid is “ensure its survival.” With Alex and Ani, with you, and with thousands like you, we can. Thank you.

Written by Anne McDonough, Integrated Media Coordinator, Roger Williams Park Zoo

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