Roger Williams Park Zoo is gearing up for the opening of its next major exhibit area, the Alex and Ani Farmyard. Set to open in late July, the new Alex and Ani Farmyard will have even more interactive elements and improvements to offer zoo visitors.
Dr. Jeremy Goodman, the zoo’s executive director was on The Rhode Show Tuesday to tell us about all of the new features to come, including a walk through barn with various animal exhibits, an antique tractor that kids can climb and play on, a milking station sponsored by Munroe Dairy that will simulate how to milk a cow, an egg collection station sponsored by Little Rhody Farms, and much more!
The Alex and Ani Farmyard is meant to replicate a classic barn scene, and give zoo guests a more immersive experience with the zoo’s farm animals. To facilitate this, there is the exciting addition of a contact yard where people can walk among and touch different farm animals, and an animal feeding area.
On the show with Dr. Goodman, were two of the six mini Nubian goats, Don Juan and Marco, which will be on exhibit in the farmyard upon completion. Zoo goers can also look forward to some larger goat species, alpacas, Guinea hogs, barn owls, silver fox rabbits, chickens, and the farmyard star, Willie the donkey will be there as well.
The farmyard will not be completed for Zoobilee!, which occurs on June 28th, but guests at Zoobilee! will be able to view the progress of the project.