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Over the River and Through the Trees…

For Immediate Release: August 1, 2013

Zip and Zoom at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Beginning Friday, August 16

[Columbia, SC] — Soar among the treetops and take flight over the scenic Saluda River with the opening of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s all-new zip line canopy tours on Friday, August 16.

Two exhilarating journeys will give Riverbanks’ guests an opportunity to Zip the Zoo or Zoom the River while gliding among woodland canopies and connecting with nature on a whole new level.

"You have to experience it to believe it,” said Satch Krantz, president and CEO of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. "Each zip offers its own level of fun and adventure, but the rush that you feel while zooming over the Saluda River is absolutely breathtaking.”

Guests may choose to:

Zip the Zoo! Participants will climb through cargo nets and zip among a series of treetop courses located along the edge of the Zoo’s Carousel Plaza.

ZOOm the River! Participants will climb through cargo nets, zip through the treetops, cross a rickety bridge and take a 1,000-ft. flight over the Saluda River in this high-intensity experience.

Each zipper is strapped into a full-body harness that is attached to an overhead trolley and connected to a cable suspended in air. Riverbanks’ zip lines have been engineered for safety and exceed all industry construction, training and safety standards. Guests must weigh a minimum of 70 lbs. and a maximum of 250 lbs. to take part in the course.

Zip tours are scheduled weekly; dates and times may vary. Reservations are required and should be made online at View the FAQs. The cost to Zip the Zoo is $30 for Riverbanks members and $45 for the general public; the River Zip is $40 for Riverbanks members and $55 for the general public; and Combo Zips are $60 for Riverbanks members and $80 for the general public. All prices include general admission. Tour times average two to three hours long.

Zip the Zoo and ZOOm the River gift certificates are available - call 803.602.0003 for more information or to order a certificate.

For the safety of Riverbanks’ guests and employees, zip line tours will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather but may be rescheduled. Cancellations will be posted at or guests with reservations may call 803.779.8717 for updates.