Magnificent creatures in our magnificent zoo


I went for a walk in our magnificent Roger Williams Park Zoo.

It was a bright sunny day and the marvelous elephants and monkeys were out, alongside magnificent dragons and mythical marvels from all over the world.

Following the pumpkins and Christmas displays, we are blessed with unicorns, mermaids, dragons and other colorful creatures, most of them roaring and moving realistically.

The Loch Ness monster is bathing right in one of the ponds. Another creature is hiding behind the bushes. Colorful creatures are everywhere.

School vacation week is bringing out families by the hundreds. Strollers, carriages and wheelchairs are moving easily along the wide pathways that take you to magical places, as the mythical creatures mingle with the real-life animals.

The great thing about this exhibit is that it is even better in the daylight, where you can examine the detailed artwork that went into creating the “mythical monsters.”

But please, don’t touch. Docents are readily available to explain the creatures and warn the young ones to look, but not touch.

There is a large play area including rides, ice cream, and the zip line.

I have been to the zoo dozens of times, but never adventure the zip line which takes you over one of the lakes at 30 miles an hour (The attendant told me it is actually 29.9). Wow! It’s a good thing they strap you in tightly, because I lost my breath half-way up.

You need a zoo admission ticket if you are a non-member. Now is a good time to purchase a membership. Admission is $7 for members and $9 for non-members.

Magnificent Dragons and Mythical Creatures will be at Roger Williams Park Zoo through August 11.

Don’t miss it.


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