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Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence will officially open its exhibit – Faces of the Rainforest – on Friday, November 30, 2018 at noon. There will be a press conference followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and the opening of the exhibit.

“It is with great excitement that we announce … the opening of this magnificent new exhibit, providing all our guests with the opportunity to experience the South American Rainforest here in Rhode Island,” said Dr. Jeremy Goodman, executive director of Roger Williams Park Zoo.

You can read about the animals before you go with Kidoinfo.com’s Rainforest Animals at the Zoo articles series.

Additionally, Goodman stated that o Saturday, December 1m 2018, and Sunday, December 2, 2018, members only will have the opportunity to see the rainforest from 9:00 – 10:00 am before the Zoo opens to the public at 10:00 am. To become a Zoo member, check here.

Faces of the Rainforest is the first major project in phase one of a twenty-year master plan originally unveiled in 2015.  The Zoo received initial funding for this project as part of the Clean Water, Open Space, and Healthy Communities Bond passed by voters in 2014.

The bird’s bill can grow to be a third of the size of the toucan’s 20-inch body. Even though the bill may look cumbersome, it is light, and is made of protein and supported by hollow bones. The toucan’s very broad wings are heavy and make flight laborious.

The keel-billed toucan is most active during dawn and dusk, and tends to live in groups of six to 12 birds.  Monogamous pairs make their nests in natural or woodpecker created tree holes, taking turns incubating their eggs. Their diets consists mainly of fruits, but they may also dine on insects, lizards, tree frogs, and even eggs.

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