Animals

Riverbanks Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals that represent more than 350 species from around the world. A visit to the Zoo will play host to an array of wild adventures—from a diving expedition on a Pacific coral reef to a safari through the plains of Africa to an interactive Outback encounter with a flock of sociable lorikeets. There’s so much to do at the Zoo—check out our exhibits to learn more!

African Plains

Giraffes, zebras, and ostriches roam on this 2-acre reproduction of an African savanna.

Aquarium Reptile Complex (ARC)

Take a tour of the award-winning, 20,000-square-foot Aquarium Reptile Complex (ARC). Amphibians, reptiles, fish and invertebrates are on display in four galleries: South Carolina, the Desert, the Tropics and the Ocean—featuring a 55,000-gallon Pacific coral reef tank with sharks, moray eels and more. Join us in the ARC at 12:30pm daily for exciting diving demonstrations.

Australian Animals

Koala Knockabout is home to koalas, Australian fish and reptiles. The young and the young-at-heart won’t want to miss the opportunity to feed the friendly lories in the neighboring interactive lorikeet aviary. And if you like the sound of mingling with the marsupials, be sure to check out Kangaroo Walkabout—an interactive walk-through exhibit featuring red kangaroos and wallabies!

Birdhouse at Riverbanks

The Birdhouse at Riverbanks features three distinctive, geographically-themed bird habitats: Penguin Coast, a habitat for rockhopper, king and gentoo penguins; Asian Trek, featuring birds such as the rhinoceros hornbill, birds of paradise and the critically endangered Bali mynah; and Savanna Camp, showcasing the birds of the arid African and South American savannas.

Large Mammals

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has long been home to some of the earth’s most popular and spectacular creatures! African lions, Amur (or Siberian) tigers and siamang apes are long-time family members of the Zoo.

Ndoki Forest

Riverbanks has recreated this part of Africa as a sanctuary for gorillas, elephants and meerkats, giving visitors the opportunity to see these wonderful animals and learn more about them and their natural habitat. Of course, Ndoki Forest would be amiss without some native birds. A stork, ground hornbill, cinerous vultures and cranes reside in the neighboring African Bird Yard, enhancing the authentic appeal of this exhibit.

Riverbanks Conservation Outpost

Journey through the Riverbanks Conservation Outpost and observe unusual and fascinating small mammals, including Rodrigues fruit bats, golden-lion tamarins, Matschie’s tree kangaroos and black-footed cats.

Riverbanks Farm

Stop by the Riverbanks Farm and learn about the connections between farm and man and farm and the natural world.

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