A special fund to assist with the areas of greatest need within the Zoo and Garden.
It’s hard to believe that Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is fast approaching its 40th year connecting our community with the world's wildlife and wild places. This year more than 30,000 loyal members and over one million guests demonstrated their support of the Zoo—underscoring the tremendous value of the Riverbanks experience. Your personal support as Riverbanks members and donors has helped make all of this possible, and we are very grateful.
Thanks to a generous bond issue recently approved by Richland and Lexington counties, plans are now underway for a major expansion at your Zoo. You can look forward to fantastic underwater views of sea lions and seals as they swim and dive, the playful antics of grizzly bears as otters frolic in the foreground, delighted children exploring tree houses and splashing about in a water-play area of the new Children’s Garden, plus more up-close animal encounters in the Zoo and a larger main entrance to better accommodate members and guests. Construction will begin this spring, with plans to open the first exhibit by spring 2015.
Annual membership dues and guest admission fees will allow Riverbanks to continue to provide a high quality day-to-day experience during the construction period. Yet, private giving will remain absolutely essential to help fulfill our mission-driven efforts.
Riverbanks achieved many important milestones this year, such as the births of a babirusa piglet, giraffe calf and koala joey, as well as the hatchings of Toco toucans, rockhopper penguins, Caribbean flamingos and a blue tree monitor lizard. Successes like these help ensure that our children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to observe and enjoy these rare and magnificent animals for years to come.
Our talented staff also participated in important work outside of the Zoo to protect wildlife and wild places for future generations. These valuable efforts were made possible by—and cannot continue without—the generous support of our members and donors.
With a strong show of support from our community, Riverbanks promises to remain a place of wonderment for all ages—a place where our kids can get outdoors to connect with nature, and a destination that continues to engage visitors and strengthen the local economy.
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Thank you for your commitment to one of our community’s most valuable resources.
Established in 1976 by a group of concerned citizens, Riverbanks Society started out with a base of 200 members and has grown far beyond expectations with more than 30,000 member households representing 140,000 individuals, making it one of the largest nonprofit zoo societies per capita in the United States. Members and donors provide important resources for the research, education and conservation efforts of the Zoo and Garden, strengthening Riverbanks’ position as a world-class zoo and leader in wildlife conservation.
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