Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the country, has entertained and delighted Rhode Islanders since its opening in 1872. Its beautiful Victorian buildings have been home to many legendary animals.
But by the mid 1960’s, like so many zoos across the country, Roger Williams Park Zoo was showing visible signs of neglect. One determined individual recognized that the zoo was an extremely valuable institution in need of organized assistance. In 1962, Sophie Danforth founded the
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