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READY FOR TAKEOFF: James Lolio, left, event manager for the Roger Williams Park Zoo; Ronald Patalano, deputy director of zoo operations; and Do Bao, of Hannart Culture, prepare one of the displays for the Asian Lantern Spectacular set to open at the zoo on April 13. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Zoo looks to capitalize on record attendance

When Roger Williams Park Zoo opened in 1872, its collection of animals was small and included raccoons, guinea pigs and squirrels. Not exactly a...
STACEY JOHNSON has been named the new executive director of the Roger Williams Park Zoo. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Roger Williams Park Zoo taps Johnson as new executive director

PROVIDENCE – The former director of conservation science operations for the San Diego Zoo is heading east to lead Rhode Island’s largest zoo. Stacey Johnson,...
THE CHAMPLIN FOUNDATION awarded 188 Rhode Island-based nonprofits more than $18 million in grants to support critical needs for the community.

Champlin Foundation awards $18M in grants to 188 R.I.-based organizations

CRANSTON – The Champlin Foundation announced Wednesday that it has awarded 188 Rhode Island-based nonprofits a combined $18 million in grants to support critical...
R.I COMMERCE CORP. revealed the first round of recipients of the state's COVID-19-related hospitality, arts and tourism grant program Tuesday night. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE

R.I. Commerce announces $1.4M in grants for hospitality, arts, tourism sectors

PROVIDENCE - More than a month after Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced a $20 million COVID-19-related grant program to support the state's hospitality, arts...

At R.I. Zoological Society, they’re wild about wellness

Healthiest Employers of Rhode Island 2019 2-149 EMPLOYEES #2: Rhode Island Zoological Society CEO (or equivalent): Jeremy Goodman, executive director Number of employees: 68 THE RHODE ISLAND ZOOLOGICAL...
FEEDING TIME: Jennifer Warmbold, lead keeper of Africa at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, prepares to feed lettuce to some of the zoo’s Masai giraffes. The zoo is in phase one of a three-phase, 20-year master plan to renovate and expand the Providence attraction.  

Can a zoo boost the economy?

Adults and kids stare, almost unblinking, at the sleek bodies of giant river otters gliding dreamily in figure eights through their tank. The human faces...
THE LIPPITT HOUSE MUSEUM is one of 185 nonprofit organizations to receive a total $18.1 million in grants from the Champlin Foundation in 2017. / COURTESY LIPPITT HOUSE MUSEUM

Champlin Foundation caps year at $18.1M in donations

CRANSTON - In a year-end recap, the Champlin Foundation announced Wednesday the organization donated $18.1 million to 175 local nonprofit organizations in 2017 with...
DR. JEREMY GOODMAN is the executive director of the Rhode Island Zoological Society and the Roger Williams Park Zoo, which have partnered with Westerly-based retail company Ivory Ella for local elephant conservation programming. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS PARK ZOO

Five Questions With: Dr. Jeremy Goodman

Dr. Jeremy Goodman is the executive director of the Rhode Island Zoological Society and Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. Goodman is leading the...
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