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RIC partners with Roger Williams Park Zoo to celebrate Planet Earth, April 13

Rhode Island College, in collaboration with the Roger Williams Park Zoo, will kick off the zoo’s annual “Party for the Planet,” with a campus event that helps promote healthy living and ways to enjoy a “greener” lifestyle, on Wednesday, April 13 from 12:30-2 p.m. on the quad.

(Photo: Courtesy of Roger Williams Park Zoo)
RIC students will be able to help create a giant mural that will be on display at the zoo, dance to jungle beats provided the campus radio station WXIN, play Name That Tune and other games and contests for free zoo tickets. There will be arts, crafts and fun activities, plus photos with a special guest from the zoo.

Every year, Roger Williams Park Zoo holds a week-long “Party for the Planet” to encourage ways to enjoy and protect the planet, take advantage of the local products and services, and learn more about recycling.

This year’s event will be held April 17-22, with each day devoted to a different theme ranging from an Earth Day Celebration that highlights the state’s recycling resources, to a day dedicated to the Art of Nature which features local artists, musicians, sculptors and painters who will display artwork created from recycled and reused materials.

Roger Williams Park Zoo was first established in 1872 and is one of the nation’s oldest zoos. The zoo receives more than half a million visitors a year from all over the country who come to see more than 100 different species of unique and endangered animals. The zoo includes five major exhibits of animals from North America to South America to Africa.

The zoo also advocates for the establishment and conservation of many endangered and critically endangered animals. As a partner in the Species Survival Plan (SSP), Roger Williams Park Zoo has aided in the retention of many species through the use of its numerous recovery projects including the American Burying Beetle Recovery Program and the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program.

For more detailed information on “Party for the Planet”, visit the Roger Williams Park Zoo website .