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Important Message from Riverbanks

Visiting the Zoo

To help ensure the safety of our staff, the animals and our community, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will remain closed to the public through April 30, 2020. This extended closure follows the guidance of state and federal leaders in an effort to encourage social distancing and slow the spread of coronavirus. 

Riverbanks, like our community, is resilient. The Zoo and Garden is extremely grateful for the steadfast support of our members, guests and the community during this unprecedented time. The animals and plants at Riverbanks continue to receive the highest standards of care, and critical operations teams have been working diligently to provide vital care to our wildlife, habitats and infrastructure. 

Park Updates

Despite temporary closure, construction is ongoing on the Zoo's new southern white rhino habitat. We can't wait for you to be back at the Zoo ​to see all of the progress that has been made. ​Neither the wet weather nor the pandemic ​have dampened work on the new rhino exhibit--slated to open this summer. Renovations remain on schedule to ensure the habitat will be ready for the new family group that will be arriving at Riverbanks in just a few short months. Soon guests will be meandering around the habitat in awe of these remarkable and inspiring animals.

Also this summer, Riverbanks is scheduled for an accreditation inspection by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). While the park has been closed, Zoo and Garden teams have continued to prepare for accreditation. Inspections happen once every five years at accredited zoos and aquariums, like Riverbanks, to uphold the AZA's rigorous standards for animal care and welfare, education, recreation, science and wildlife conservation.

Due to the Zoo and Garden's temporary closure, all​​ upcoming programs and events through the month of April, including Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden, ​have been postponed. We are in the process of determining new dates, and updated information will be shared by email and at

Animal Care

The animals at Riverbanks continue to remain healthy and are doing well. We currently have a surplus of essential food and medical supplies for the animals in our care but have contingencies in place and are proactively monitoring our supply chain to assure essentials remain on hand.

Care is at the heart of our mission. We thank you for your understanding and support as we work to protect our people, our animals and our community. Riverbanks relies on admissions and memberships for operations and to care for and feed the animals, making community support more important than ever. If you would like to help the Zoo and Garden during these challenging times, please consider making a donation in any amount. Thank you.

Creating (Remote) Connections: Z-Learning - The Wild Side of E-Learning

Despite Riverbanks' temporary closure, adventure still awaits! Join us each weekday live at 10am EST on the Riverbanks Facebook page or catch a recorded segment on the Riverbanks homepage as we discover new ways to Zoo and Garden. From live features to behind-the-scenes peeks to fun too-cute-to-handle... we're bringing Riverbanks to you including an activity you can do at home. 


Updated 3.25.2020