Sometimes what’s on the outside is truly what matters most. Flamingos don’t need shells to survive and turtles would look strange with feathers. Discover the wonder and importance of different animal coverings.
Why do all living things need food? What is a food chain? Which animals are predators or prey, herbivores or carnivores, scavengers or decomposers? Join the quest to uncover how all living things connect in the great web of life.
Rainforests are incredible places full of amazing things, from fish that sometimes swim in the trees to butterflies with glass-like wings. Come climb the layers with us as we take a tropical safari and meet several of the Zoo’s rainforest ambassadors along the way.
Animals do some weird, creepy and completely yucky stuff. Owls regurgitate their food, vampire bats drink blood and koala mom’s feed their joeys poop! Spend the week with us investigating how being gross can be good for survival.
It’s a jungle in your own backyard and at the Zoo! Meet some of South Carolina’s spectacular creatures as we compare them to the Zoo’s out of town residents. Campers will be awed by the Zoo’s wild neighbors including rabbits that live with our gorillas and black rat snakes that bask in the sun.
Did you know? 🐻 Butch and 🐻 Sundance have a sister! Yep, her name is Tundra and she lives at the Denver Zoo in Colorado!
These three siblings were born in 2002 and were orphaned at 4 months of age. Unfortunately, their mother was involved in numerous situations of human-wildlife conflict where she was going into communities and coming into contact with people. Ultimately, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service made the difficult decision to humanly euthanize her, leaving her cubs in need of homes that could provide quality care. That's when these three little bears found the homes that were just right for them - Butch and Sundance made the move to Riverbanks and Tundra headed to Denver Zoo!
You can be a positive #forcefornature and prevent human-wildlife conflict! While black bears and grizzly bears may look like they'd give a great hug, it's incredibly important that we remember they are WILD animals that need their space. You can minimize the possibility of conflict by following one basic rule: never approach, feed or follow wild animals! 🐻
Today we are behind-the-scenes with our oldest Animal Ambassador, Miss Piggy - the Texas Tortoise. We've seen lot's of training sessions for Z-Learning, but let's find out how our keepers go about training a tortoise! ... See moreSee less
We are INSIDE the anaconda habitat this morning for Z-Learning, getting a close look at the heaviest snake species in the world! Even with their large size, humans are the anaconda’s most dangerous predator. Our largest female anaconda was rescued from Trinidad, in South America. She was discovered raiding a farmer’s chicken coop, in an act of retaliation the farm injured her with a machete. Thankfully a herpetologist stepped in to save her and provide needed veterinary care. Her story has a happy ending, in 2008, she came to live out the rest of her life at Riverbanks. The sad reality is that more often snakes are killed just because people are afraid of them and dislike them. Remember that snakes are more afraid of you than you are afraid of them. We encourage everyone to coexists with snakes, and provide them with personal space. Remember YOU can be a positive Force for Nature! ... See moreSee less
💦🐍 Anacondas love to be in or near water. In fact, they are excellent swimmers! Take a look at their eyes and nostrils, both are located on top of their heads - that way they can keep their body hidden underwater as they wait for prey.
Tune in Wednesday morning at 10am for a special Z-Learning feature all on our anacondas! ... See moreSee less
Bon appetit and welcome to Riverbanks’ kitchen! Our commissary team ensures that each of our animals eats a health well balanced diet! In fact our commissary technicians make sure that every food that goes out is tracked to keep accurate records of what animals are eating. This helps to minimize the amount of unused diet, and reduce our food waste. Did you know- apples are the most common produce item that Riverbanks uses! We go through over 450 cases year year! Z-Learning Activity: What sort of healthy foods did you notice today, think of ways you can prepare yourself a yummy yet nutritious snack today just like the commissary technicians prep for our animals! Ps- don’t forget to join us Wednesday morning for Z-Learning with the ANACONDA! ... See moreSee less
EVERY DAY Riverbanks' commissary team prepares OVER 3️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ different animal diets! Join us Tuesday morning at 10am for a behind-the-scenes Z-Learning adventure that will leave your stomach growling!Photos from Riverbanks Zoo and Garden's post ... See moreSee less
GOOD MORNING and welcome to Week 15 of Z-Learning! Today we are in Milo's office for a round of Riverbanks Q&A - be sure to send in your questions about our amazing animals.
Z-Learning Activity: Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution! Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics? Click here to Sign up now for a 7-day plastic-free challenge! pledge.ourhands.org/... See moreSee less
🦍 Sunday Funday as ZaKota and Moyo turn their aunt Acacia into a playground!
Sweet Acacia is so patient with these two youngsters, and really does enjoy playing with the two of them. Young gorillas learn by imitating what the others in the troop are doing and by play fighting with each other.
Did You Know? 🌿🐨 Eucalyptus leaves are poisonous to most animals, but koalas are built to digest them! In fact, they have special bacteria in their digestive tract that break down the toxic compounds. Koalas can even tell which eucalyptus species are more toxic than others and only choose to eat the less-toxic leaves! ... See moreSee less
🦍🦍These two youngsters are pretty inseparable these days. Moyo and ZaKota seem to spend a bulk of their time chasing and wrestling with each other! Young gorillas learn by imitating other family members and by play fighting with other youngsters.