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Woo Your Valentine with Love on the Wild Side

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2013

Riverbanks Offers Sweethearts an Animal of an Affair

[Columbia, SC] — Riverbanks Zoo and Garden invites couples to experience Love on the Wild Side, an adults-only dinner and guided walking tour, this Valentine’s Day.

New this year, couples can choose from two unforgettable evenings—Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15. Both nights will begin at 6:30pm in the Birdhouse at Riverbanks where participants will enjoy a signature cocktail while learning what makes animal hearts flutter and how animals mate and date. From there, guests will encounter various animals and enjoy fun, interactive activities during stops at Riverbanks Conservation Outpost and Aquarium-Reptile Complex.

To conclude each evening, guests will sit down to a 3-course dinner, with choice of entrée, specially created by Riverbanks’ executive chef. A cash bar also will be available.

Limited seating is available. Tickets are $100 per couple and should be purchased online no later than Friday, February 8. No one under 21 will be admitted.

Love on the Wild Side will take place rain or shine. Guests are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.

Have a taste for something different than dinner? Riverbanks also offers these other wildly romantic gift ideas for your valentine:

Wine Tasting Tickets

Uncork the perfect gift for your sweetheart with tickets to Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. This sell-out fundraiser features more than 100 varieties of wines, light bites from local restaurants, live jazz, plus a silent auction. Wine Tasting will take place rain or shine on Friday, April 19. Tickets go on sale February 1 at

Engraved Tribute Bricks

Looking for a heartfelt gift for someone wild about the Zoo? Engraved tribute bricks are an impressive way to celebrate love and friendship. Bricks are available for a tax-deductible contribution of $100. Order your brick by February 7, and you will receive a certificate of engraving just in time for Valentine’s Day. A certificate of installation identifying the brick’s location will be mailed when the brick is installed.

Wild Parent Animal Sponsorship

Is your sweetie wild about wildlife? Sponsor an animal at the Zoo in his or her name. Wild Parent sponsorship will help provide care to the animal of your choice while supporting the preservation of its species. For a tax-deductible donation of just $35 by February 7, Wild Parents will receive an official sponsorship certificate, fact sheet with color picture and magnet. Higher levels of sponsorship include an adorable plush animal and certificate for a behind-the-scenes Adventure Tour.

Behind-the-Scenes Adventure Tours

Take your Valentine on a wild adventure with an inside look at some of the Zoo’s most out-of-sight places. Adventure Tours allow guests to encounter a variety of Riverbanks’ residents up-close, meet their keepers and learn about the unique challenges of exotic animal care. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity.

For more information about these and other gift ideas, visit