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  • Spreading Our Wings

    Over the next 2 years, the landscape at Riverbanks will vastly change as a result of a $36 million dollar expansion. Stay up-to-date on how your Zoo’s future is shaping up!

  • comPOOst Load Sale

    100% all-natural composted Zoo poo — Order your load for fall gardening today and pick up on Friday, October 10, between 5:00pm and 8:00pm.

  • Winter Zoo Camp

    December 29–31 — Campers ages 5 to 10 will enjoy up-close encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, zoo walks, games, crafts and more! Registration opens September 15.

  • Boo at the Zoo

    Join us for 14 nights of wild fun! A limited number of tickets are available for this popular Halloween spooktacular. Be sure to purchase your tickets online today!


Upcoming Events & Programs

Thursday, October 2

Backyard Buds: Carnivorous Plants
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Creepy and cool—carnivorous plants are fascinating to everyone! Come check out some bug munching plants as we discover how these plants work.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, October 3

Riverbanks’ chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers invites you to take part in a mock murder mystery at Riverbanks. The interactive program transforms each guest into a unique and quirky character playing a role in the mystery. $35 tickets include Zoo tours, light hors d’oeuvres and two complimentary beverages. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Participants must be 21 or older. Register today. Proceeds support the mission of the local chapter of AAZK, to advance the care of captive animals, educate our community and contribute to global and local conservation through fundraising and direct involvement as well as to promote and support the professional development of the animal care staff and other zoo professionals at Riverbanks.

Saturday, October 4

Pony Classes: Ponies 101
@ 9:00am (ages 6–11)
Meet our Shetland ponies up close and personal! Sure to be an unforgettable experience for young pony lovers. Parent participation is required.
Cost: $18 per parent-child pair (plus admission for general public.)

Nature Explorers: Garden Gross-ology
@ 9:30am–2:30pm (ages 6–10)
There are many gross and disgusting things that plants and animals do to survive. We will take a look at owl pellets, snail slime, plants that eat bugs, bugs that love blood and more as we dive into the gross world of gardening!
Cost: $20 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

Sunday, October 5

Put on your fairy best and bring your little gnomes to celebrate autumn with Zephyr the fairy. There will be stories, music, games, and lots of pixie dust! And, of course, fairy tea will be flowing in abundance. This is open to all ages, and adults are encouraged to stay and join the fun!
Cost: $12 per child.

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Boo at the Zoo
October 17–30 @ 6:00–9:00pm
$7 Riverbanks members / $9 general public / children 2 and under free. Tickets should be purchased in advance. A limited number of tickets available, and most nights will sell out! Any unsold tickets the night of will be $12 at the gate.
500 Wildlife Parkway • Columbia, SC 29210 • 803.779.8717
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