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.
🦏 Hard Hats Required! Join us as we show you the progress that has been made on building the new white rhino habitat. Neither the wet weather nor the pandemic have dampened work on the new rhino exhibit — slated to open later this summer. Renovations remain on schedule to ensure the habitat will be ready for the new family group that will be arriving at Riverbanks. Soon guests will be meandering around the habitat in awe of these remarkable and inspiring animals! We can’t wait to share this new experience with you! 🦏 Z-Learning Activity: Try designing your own animal habitat, maybe sketch it out, or build a replica of it with supplies you have around the house. Make sure to include all the features that your species needs to thrive (think plants, water, shelter, food). Just don't forget about enrichment and making sure it's nice and homey. Share your creative designs below! ... See moreSee less
🦏 Don't forget to get your construction hat ready 😉 Z-Learning will be inside the soon to be White Rhino Habitat! Tune in at 10am LIVE!🦏 Don't forget to get your construction hat ready 😉 Z-Learning will be inside the soon to be White Rhino Habitat! Tune in at 10am LIVE! ... See moreSee less
🦏 Earlier this week our Horticulturist were busy planting shade trees inside the white rhino habitat!
We can’t wait for you to see all of the progress that has been made. Neither the wet weather nor the pandemic have dampened work on the new rhino exhibit — slated to open later this summer. Renovations remain on schedule to ensure the habitat will be ready for the new family group that will be arriving at Riverbanks. Soon guests will be meandering around the habitat in awe of these remarkable and inspiring animals! We can’t wait to share this new experience with you!
🦏 Get your construction hat ready for Z-Learning, Friday morning at 10am we are checking out the White Rhino Habitat!
Dig into Z-Learning as we get to know know the mole rats at Riverbanks!
Did you know, mole rats are one of the only true eusocial mammals, meaning they live in large colonies in which only one female breeds and the majority of workers (both males and females) spend their entire lives working for the colony. Just like a colony of bees! Mole rats live entirely underground burrows in eastern Africa, and have surprisingly long lifespans, nearly 30 years in human care.
Z-Learning Activity: Map out your own mole rat tunnels! The chambers of a mole rat tunnel system all have their own purpose- just like rooms in your home. When you're drawing, don't forget the feeding chamber, nesting chamber (or nursery), and even a bathroom chamber! ... See moreSee less
Join the colony, the mole rat colony that is, Thursday morning at 10am for an up-close Z-Learning feature all on these fascinating species!Photos from Riverbanks Zoo and Garden's post ... See moreSee less
Today we are deep in the Aquarium for a special feeding session with the cuttlefish! Did you know, a cuttlefish's brain is considered enormous compared to other invertebrates (animals without a backbone). Which means they are very skilled predators that can learn quickly and have a strong memory. Despite being color blind, they have very good eyesight and can change their appearance rapidly to communicate or camouflage!
Z-Learning Activity: Imagine if you were a cuttlefish, what sorts of patterns would you communicate with. Think of what colors and designs best represent your personality and mood today. Add your drawings to your Z-Learning journal! ... See moreSee less
Did you know, Riverbanks' Curator of Birds, Colleen Lynch, is the matchmaker for the black-foot ferret Species Survival Plan?
No, we didn't say parrot... we said ferret! Population biology methods are the similar for birds, mammals and many other animals – just maybe not quite the same for bees… Black-footed ferrets are North America's only native ferret species and were once thought to be extinct. Thanks to breeding and reintroduction programs, they have made an incredible recovery!
Good Morning and welcome back to Z-Learning- today we are inside the Bird Conservation Center! This fully behind-the-scenes area is filled with spaces to provide the highest quality care for our feathered residents are Riverbanks. Check out all the steps involved with caring and breeding birds as we get a private tour of the Bird Conservation Center!
Z-Learning Activity: Today we're talking lots about bird egg and nests! Have you noticed any nests near your home this year? Birds are known to use all sorts of materials for buildings nests: grasses, rocks, sticks, and even mud. What sort of nest can you build for yourself? What materials would you use to make your own nest feel like home? ... See moreSee less
🐣Tomorrow for Z-Learning we are heading inside the Bird Conservation Center! 🥚For this fully behind-the-scenes feature will have check out all the steps involved with caring and breeding birds here at Riverbanks. 🐦 Make sure and join us at 10am on Tuesday morning!Photos from Riverbanks Zoo and Garden's post ... See moreSee less
🐻 Happy Memorial Day Everyone 🐠 Reminder: we are taking a break from Z-Learning today. 🦒 But that doesn't mean you can't re-watch some of your favorite features! 🐢 Check out Riverbanks' YouTube channel here: ... See moreSee less