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'Winter Wonder Days,' Providence, Jan. - Feb.

Posted by Jen Clark Estes  December 20, 2012 07:32 AM

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Baby, it's cold outside, but that shouldn't keep you indoors, especially when you can enjoy half-price admission to the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. During January and February, you can enjoy a wild winter wonderland during the zoo's "Winter Wonder Days" for just a few dollars. What animals can you see on your trip? Well, that depends on the weather. The zoo's animal care team follows guidelines for each species pertaining to temperature, icing conditions and wind chill, and adjusts their environment accordingly. So, certain cold-hardy animals will almost always be on exhibit, such as seals, snow leopards, farm animals, camels, emus, penguins and more, while other animals will be allowed to choose whether they'd like to be outdoors or stay in their indoor space. There are a number of heated exhibit buildings throughout the zoo, including the Textron Elephant & Giraffe Pavilion, the Tropical America building, and the Australasia building. In these areas you can see various species of snakes, tamarins, two-toed sloths and more. Who says you can't go wild in the winter? Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults, $7.50; ages 3 - 12, $4.95; 62 and over, $6.50; under 3 and members free. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI. www.rwpzoo.org

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