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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!

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  • Connect with Wildlife

    Join us for Riverbanks ZOOfari — Friday, September 26, 7:00pm. Enjoy fabulous food, libations, silent and live auctions, up-close animal encounters and a behind-the-scenes tour!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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Upcoming Events & Programs

Tuesday, September 16

Discovery Day: Vulture Voyage
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Are vultures really gross? Or are they actually good at cleaning up? Find out why these birds are so important during this fun-filled program.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.
Registration ClosedFamily Programs

Wednesday, September 17

Discovery Day: Vulture Voyage
@ 10:45am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Are vultures really gross? Or are they actually good at cleaning up? Find out why these birds are so important during this fun-filled program.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, September 18

Backyard Buds: Amazing Ants
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Check out the incredible world beneath our feet as we peek into ant tunnels and see how they live. We will learn about their complicated houses, what makes them insects, and cool facts about these tiny creatures while we make crafts and read stories.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, September 19

Family on Safari: Fall Fest Event
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
There is a change in the air! Now that summer has come to an end, we are celebrating the arrival of fall! Join us for a fun-filled evening all about autumn! Dinner, snack and breakfast will be provided.

Saturday, September 20

Animal Enrichment Day
@ 10:00am–4:30pm
Save the date for Riverbanks’ annual Animal Enrichment Day. Watch wildlife in action as our animals sniff, stomp, pounce and play with tempting treats designed to stimulate their minds and bodies and enhance their overall well-being. Additional details to follow closer to the event date online here or our Facebook page.
All activities are free with paid admission or membership.
Animal Enrichment

Join us for a wild day at the Zoo and earn credits towards badge requirements, achievements and electives. Programs are designed specifically to assist Daisy, Brownie, Junior Scouts and Cub Scouts with achievements and badge requirements. Scout Saturday Programs will start with a brief interactive educational program including live animal encounters, games and activities. Scout Saturdays are designed to work in conjunction with special events at the Zoo and feature activities for scouts that are related to the topic of the day and will add to your guest experience. Please take advantage of these special activities and visit the themed stations located throughout the park prior to the program start time. Information stations, games and activities will be offered at no additional charge and are open to the public between 9:00am–3:00pm. Zoo admission is not included. Program will be held in the Discovery Center.

Cost: $10 per Scout (with one adult) plus admission for general public.

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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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