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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden: Forty “Wild” Years

For Immediate Release: April 25, 2012

Zoo Signs Book Deal to Mark Milestone Anniversary

[Columbia, SC] — Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will release its first pictorial "coffee table" book, a partnership with the University of South Carolina Press, to mark its milestone 40th anniversary on April 25, 2014.

The Zoo announced plans for the publication, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden: Forty "Wild" Years, Wednesday in celebration of its 38th birthday.

The book will take readers on a journey back in time—spanning the history of Riverbanks from the Zoo’s inception that started out as the vision of a handful of Columbia-area businessmen to its most ambitious expansion with the construction of Zoo 2002.

"Riverbanks’ past is layered with personality and stories that we have, for quite some time, wanted to share with our community and beyond,” said Satch Krantz, executive director of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

The publication will give an account of Riverbanks’ history through anecdotal stories and photographs, illustrating the development of one of America’s great zoological parks and botanical gardens.

"Riverbanks is now South Carolina’s largest gated attraction and one of the most attended zoos in the United States,” Krantz said. "However, the Zoo’s great success hasn’t come without its share of growing pains.”

Readers will learn of the Zoo’s struggles in its first six years—from financial instability to a change in leadership—before a turnaround that would put Riverbanks on the map and mark a new beginning for the Zoo. In addition, the book will showcase the Zoo and Garden’s living collections including some of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring plants and animals.

Funded by Riverbanks Society, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden: Forty "Wild” Years, will consist of up to 200 pages and feature historical black and white photographs as well as full-color photographs with extended captions. The publication is expected to be on shelves and ready for purchase in November 2013.