Riverbanks Unearths an Awe-Inspiring Adventure

For Immediate Release: April 30, 2019

Experience Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors Beginning Memorial Day Weekend


[Columbia, SC] — Have you ever imagined what it would be like to walk the earth with dinosaurs? Join us this summer for a Jurassic journey back in time when Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors presented by Dominion Energy and produced by Imagine Exhibitions comes alive at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, guests visiting the Zoo will have an opportunity to experience more than 25 life-size, life-like dinosaurs that will reside along the banks of the lower Saluda River. Brave explorers will travel to the Mesozoic Era and the supercontinent of Pangea when these ancient animals roamed all corners of the globe.

Guests will traverse a primitive habitat while encountering some of the fiercest and most iconic dinosaurs—from the towering T-Rex to the spectacular Spinosaurus to the crested Crylophosaurus. Visitors can touch fossils and other archaeological relics. Discover how dinosaurs lived and how, even today, these prehistoric creatures serve as ambassadors for some of the world’s most threatened wildlife.

“Riverbanks cares for dozens of species that face an uncertain future in the wild,” said Susan O’Cain, director of communications at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. “Dinosaurs Around the World will give our members and guests an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the past while discovering the vital role we all play in protecting our planet for the future.”

The Santa Cruz Island Galapagos tortoise, a distant relative of the dinosaur, is just one of the critically endangered animals Riverbanks cares for. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimates that less than 3,500 of these animals still live in the wild. Riverbanks is home to more than 30 giant tortoises and contributes to the sustainability of the species through the Galapagos Tortoise Species Survival Plan®—a managed breeding plan among facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors will be open May 25 – October 31 from 9:00am – 5:00pm daily. The cost is $3 for Explorer, Patron and Gold-level Riverbanks members, $4 for Individual and Family-level members, and $5 for the general public.

Media may arrange special coverage of Dinosaurs Around the World on Friday, May 24, between 6pm and 8pm by contacting Susan O’Cain at 803-602-0840 or socain@riverbanks.org.