Инстаграм @rwpzoo Roger Williams Park Zoo
Today is #NationalHoneyBeeDay! A day to highlight the important role that bees play in our daily lives. In celebration, we have several easy tips that you can do at home to help these essential little pollinators thrive: 🐝 Stop using pesticides and herbicides. They're harmful to our wildlife, your furry friends and you. 🐝 Plant bee-friendly flowers. Some of our favorites include: Black-Eyed Susan, Daisy, Roses, Sunflower, Zinnia, Bee Balm, Dandelion, and Milkweed. 🐝 When possible, choose to buy locally grown, organic produce. 🐝 If you eat honey, buy from local beekeepers when possible.
"The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves." - #JaneGoodall Our Zoo is home to more than 30 endangered & threatened animal species. Without proper laws & regulations providing protection for ALL wildlife, they are all at risk of being seriously impacted by the actions of humans. We stand strong with the #EndangeredSpeciesAct & unfortunately the current administration's work to change this critical piece of legislation will have serious implications on conserving some of our most endangered species & their critical habitats. Rhode Island's state insect, the American Burying Beetle, may be small but this endangered species is a mighty contributor to the ecosystem and is one of the world's greatest recyclers. Many thanks to Senator Jack Reed, @nature_rhodeisland's John Torgan, and @savethebayri's Jeb Thorp for joining us in the fight to save & protect wildlife & wild places.
Happy #WorldLizardDay and what better way to celebrate than with the largest living species of lizard, the Komodo dragon. Although Elise is still growing, Komodo dragon can reach up to 10 feet in length and weigh up to 200 pounds. Found only on Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands - these animals are very old (existing for millions of years), but only recently discovered about 100 years ago! Today this species is listed as vulnerable with an estimated 4,000 - 5,000 left in the wild.
Happy #WorldElephantDay 🐘 Meet Alice, Ginny and Kate - RWPZoo's three female African elephants. Our girls, first came to the Zoo in 1991 as babies. Back then, and today, they serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts, and aide the Zoo in research and conservation efforts. Having these wonderful creatures in our Zoo not only brings people closer to nature, but also makes it possible for us to educate the public on elephant conservation issues and urges them to take action. Elephants, like all animals, deserve a future in this world, and together, we can make that happen.
🐘 In honor of #WorldElephantDay (August 12), take a tour of the Zoo's Elephant Pavilion, happening today from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm! Ever wonder how an elephant takes a bath, does her nails, or checks her weight? Get a behind-the-scenes look at the care our elephants receive. Then stop by our Africa Exploration Station for some elephant bio-fact fun! #FunFact Elephants flap their giant ears to cool off. As elephants flap their ears back and forth, they create a light breeze that can speed up the cooling process.
RWPZoo plays a significant role in the breeding of threatened New England cottontails, providing expertise to sustain a supply of healthy captive-born rabbits for reintroduction into the wild while boosting cottontail numbers. Today, with the help of @nhfishandgame, we wished farewell to ten rabbits, now on their way to Great Bay, New Hampshire to help build new populations and augment declining populations in that state. While there our kits will continue to grow and adjust to their new environment before being released into the wild. Many thanks to our partners across New England who continue to work to protect and restore this species to their native habitats.
WOW! You helped us get to #10KFollowers 🎉 Thanks to our amazing supporters for helping us reach this milestone. And a HUGE thank you to everyone that entered, commented, liked and shared our contest. We appreciate all of the love and support. We would also like to announce our two winners, each receiving a family four-pack of tickets to this year's Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: @weekapaugruven and @racheldrywa 🎃 Congratulations! Winners please look for a message from us in your inbox with more information on how to receive your tickets. Thank you again to all that entered.
☀️ It's hot outside, but our fabulous critters are staying cool with cold, tasty treats thanks to our wonderful keepers! While many of our animals have the ability to go outside or stay inside their air-conditioned indoor habitats, our staff take extra precautions to ensure the safety of all our animals when the weather gets hot. Whether it's topping off water bowls or providing fruitsicles/fishsicles for a quick cool-down and fun enrichment, our animals are always a top priority.
OWL bet you don't know what day it is. It's Gibson the barn owl's favorite day of the year - #OwlAwarenessDay! All owls play a crucial role in maintaining a balanced ecosystem. Barn owls are especially important to farmers because they help eat rodents. A nesting family of 2 adults and 6 young can consume over 1,000 rodents over 3 months - talk about pest control! #FunFact Barn owls are not only the world’s most widely distributed species of owl, but is also one of the most widespread of all bird species. It can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
😍 Meet Delilah the red-rumped agouti. She is a member of the Zoo's Animal Ambassador family. As an ambassador for her species, she visits schools and travels with our education staff to teach people about the importance of our rainforests. Native to South America, agouti are critically important to the dispersal of Brazil nut trees. By burying the seeds, they help plant trees. #FunFact the only other animal capable of opening a Brazil nut seed pod is the red and green macaw.
We interrupt your day to share with you pictures of Thistle, Nettle and Bramble ❤ Have you visited our triplets yet?
Hi, I'm Jaden - the member of the Youth Advisory Council you're meeting this week! Follow me on this #takeovertuesday for some Zoo fun! Get to know me! "I volunteer at the Zoo because I love helping to connect people, especially those my age, to animals they will never get to see in the wild! This helps inspire them to help with conservation efforts around the world or even in their hometown. My favorite animals are the snow leopards. They are incredibly beautiful and intelligent. It is such a privilege to see this rare species up close - you can't even put the experience into words!"
🐽 10K #GIVEAWAY: Help us reach 10K followers and win a family 4-pack of tickets to the world-renowned 🎃Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular! TO ENTER: 1) Follow @rwpzoo on Instagram 🐘 2) Like this photo 😎 3) Tag three friends in the comments section ❤ Contest will end when we hit 10K followers! Winner will be announced in the comments section of this post and contacted via DM. Good luck Zoo family!
Thank you for joining us all week to celebrate #NationalZookeeperWeek! And big thanks to all of our lovely keepers for the amazing care they provide our animals and for being an inspiration for protecting and saving wildlife and wild places. We're ending our celebration with keeper Jen H. and everyone's two favorite girls, hyacinth macaws Amy and Angel. #NZKW2019 #RWPZoo