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Riverbanks Offers Wildly Unique Gift—Giving Ideas for the Holidays

For Immediate Release: November 21, 2013

[Columbia, SC] — Malls and department stores are typically a zoo this time of year so why not visit a real zoo and wrap up your Christmas shopping at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. From timeless treasures to family memberships, eco-friendly products and wild adventures, Riverbanks offers several extraordinary gift-giving ideas that also give back for the holidays.

New 40th Anniversary Book

Turn back the pages of time and explore the chapters of Riverbanks’ history with the all-new pictorial coffee-table book, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden: 40 Wild Years.The publication—a partnership with the University of South Carolina Press—shares the story of how the dream of a small children’s zoo turned into the development of one of America’s great zoological parks and botanical gardens. Just in time for the holidays, the book is now on sale at the Zoo’s Elephant’s Trunk Gift Shop and members receive a 10% discount. Have your copy signed by President and CEO Satch Krantz and co-author Monique Blanchette Jacobs on Sunday, December 8, from 6pm to 7pm at the Zoo. (Admission to Lights Before Christmas will be required.) All proceeds from the purchase of the book go directly to Riverbanks Society, the private, nonprofit organization supporting the mission of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.


Wild adventures begin with a membership to Riverbanks. Join the pack and receive free admission to the Zoo and Garden every day for an entire year, a free visit to Lights Before Christmas, guest passes, discounts on signature events and education programs, plus a whole lot more. Your membership contribution also helps support Riverbanks’ education and conservation programs, helping to make your Zoo and Garden a world-class facility.

Lights Before Christmas Tickets

Get into the holiday spirit with a visit to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s 26thannual Lights Before Christmas. Aflac presents this year’s Midlands family tradition – now featuring longer hours. From 5pm to 9pm each evening guests are invited to experience more than one-million twinkling lights, the Music in Motion Lights Spectacular, Santa Claus (beginning at 6pm each night, November 22 through December 23), and much more. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12.

Zip Line Canopy Tours

Take gift-giving to a higher level with Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s all-new zip-line canopy tours. Riverbanks’ zip course features two exhilarating journeys: a Zoo Zip that will send guests soaring through the treetops along the edge of Riverbanks’ Carousel Plaza and a River Zip—a high intensity experience that ends with a 1,010-ft. flight across the scenic Saluda River. Gift certificates may be purchased by calling 803.779.8717.

Tribute Bricks and New Miniature Replicas

Looking for a timeless, heartfelt gift for someone wild about the Zoo? Engraved tribute bricks not only serve as a permanent celebration of friends and family, but they also provide building blocks for the future, helping to make Riverbanks Zoo a better place for the animals, our children and our community. Tribute bricks may be purchased for a tax-deductible donation of $100. Also, just in time for the holidays, a limited number of paperweight-size replicas of your 4x8 engraved bricks are available for an additional donation of $30 per brick. Mini tribute bricks make great stocking-stuffers; order by November 29 to ensure Christmas delivery.

Carousel Sponsorship

No need to travel around the world to see exotic animals. Some of the most popular animal sightings at Riverbanks are the exotic animals on the Endangered Species Carousel. Carousel sponsorships are a permanent way to honor family and friends or remember a special occasion while benefiting local, regional and international conservation efforts. Now for a limited time, Riverbanks is offering carousel animal sponsorships for a tax-deductible year-end donation of $1,500.

Wild Parent Animal Sponsorship

Wild about wildlife? Sponsor an animal at the Zoo. Your sponsorship as a Wild Parent will help provide care to one of your favorite animals and support the preservation of its species. Sponsorship is tax-deductible and renewable every year. For as little as $35, Wild Parents receive an official sponsorship certificate, fact sheet with color picture and refrigerator magnet. Higher levels of sponsorship include a car magnet, adorable plush animal and certificate for a behind-the-scenes Adventure Tour. Order Wild Parent gifts online by noon, December 16, to ensure delivery before Christmas.


Get a load of this…Riverbanks comPOOst is the perfect gift for any gardener! ComPOOst is an all-natural composted zoo poo effortlessly produced by some of Riverbanks’ most popular residents. ComPOOst is sold at Riverbanks in pint-size and two-gallon containers; or to really pile it on, it may also be purchased by the truck load (you must call the Zoo ahead of time to check the availability of bulk loads and schedule a pickup). Proceeds support the Zoo’s ongoing conservation efforts.

Behind-the-Scenes Adventure Tours

Experience Riverbanks Zoo through the eyes of the animal care staff. Walk on the "wild side” as you get an inside look at some out-of-sight places. Encounter animals up close, explore behind the scenes and meet experienced keepers. Adventure Tours allow participants to marvel at the unique challenges of animal care and the amazing efforts that go into creating and sustaining a world-class zoo.

To learn more about these and other gift ideas, visit Guests visiting the Zoo will also want to stop by Elephant’s Trunk Gift Shop for an assortment of animal-themed toys and Riverbanks clothing.