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Desert Biome

Demolition has continued throughout the building this month! But even with all the changes happening inside, we know you'll recognize where these photos were taken. This redesigned area will soon be home to our new Desert Biome. It might be challenging to picture now, but eventually this area will be home to various cacti, rattlesnakes, tortoises, Gila monsters, and many more desert species! 

Newest Little Addition

Introducing Destiny: Riverbanks' newest little green sea turtle.

She was hatched last month on the beach in Garden City, South Carolina. Sea turtle nesting volunteers collected her to live at Riverbanks as part of our partnership with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Unlike other tiny hatchlings, Destiny will have a greater chance to survive into adulthood, whereas most sea turtle hatchlings have a 1 in 1,000 likelihood to grow into adulthood.

For the next two years Riverbanks will provide a safe home for Destiny, free from pollution and predators so that she can grow big and strong. Then just like our last temporary green sea turtle resident, Journey, this newest little addition will be released into the ocean too.

For now Destiny is behind-the-scenes, away from the construction, but we'll make sure to keep y'all updated on her growth and development over the coming months.


Demolition continues

Interior demolition continued through October, and some initial work started on mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Can you identify the exhibit pictured in the photo on the left? Hint: You may have encountered it in the second "gallery."

Renovations are underway

Demolition of the interior of the original Aquarium-Reptile Complex has begun. Do you recognize this area? Here's a hint: You may have seen a green anaconda in here!

We're making big waves!

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us as we broke ground on the future home of the Darnall W. and Susan F. Boyd Aquarium and Reptile Conservation Center. The new venture will advance the Zoo's mission to protect and conserve endangered species in the state and beyond.