Thursday, April 18, 2013
Midlands residents can enjoy live music, meeting with artists and food every Thursday.
Riverbanks Botanical Garden will be rockin' in May with the return of "Rhythm and Blooms: Music and Art in the Garden" every Thursday night. The events are free for Riverbanks members, thanks to Wells Fargo. For non-members, admission is $5. The first performance on May 2 will be by singer and songwriter John Wesley Satterfield. New this year, guests will have an opportunity to visit with and watch local artists dig into their work. “Rhythm and Blooms provides a fun and relaxing atmosphere to spend with family and friends,” said Lochlan Baskin, events manager at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. “Plus it’s a great time to visit the Botanical Garden and enjoy a sea of spring colors.” The weekly musical lineup includes: May 2: John Wesley …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The zoo's two adult babirusas, a rare species in the pig family, recently had a baby.
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Thursday, March 14
Guests visiting Riverbanks Zoo this weekend can see the zoo's newest baby - a two-week-old female babirusa. The baby babirusa is the first offspring of parents Wilma and Bertello and the first of its species to be born at Riverbanks. “Right now, we are still introducing the newborn to its exhibit,” said John Davis, curator of mammals at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. “The process is going very smoothly, and with the weather warming up we hope to have her out on exhibit daily in the coming weeks.” Wilma and Bertello were matched up in February of last year based on the breeding recommendations of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Babirusa Species Survival Plan. After a six month adjustment period, the pair was placed on exhibit together …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Parents who enroll their children, ages 3 to 12, in the zoo's summer camps before Friday, March 15 will receive a 15 percent discount off registration.
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden announced its summer camp offerings beginning June 10. Early enrollment can help parents save 15 percent off on registration. Below is the release on the camps offered this summer. Young imaginations will run wild as Summer Zoo Camp at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden heats up Monday, June 10 – August 16. Children ages 3 to 12 will once again have an opportunity to explore two different topics during two weeks of nature-related activities. Campers will learn about wildlife and wild places through hands-on activities, up-close animal encounters, educational games, behind-the-scenes tours, crafts, songs, Zoo walks and more. Plus, parents who enroll their children before Friday, March 15 will receive a 15 percent discount …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The show features orchids from around the world.
Zoogoers can view a vibrant display of orchids from around the world this weekend at Riverbanks Zoo. The zoo is partnering with the S.C. Orchid Society and Ikebana International Chapter 182 for the 8th annual Orchids on the Riverbanks Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tired of roses for Valentine's Day? Orchid vendors from across the Carolinas will be on hand selling live plants for your favorite Valentine. The event also features free programs and expert planting tips for everyone from seasoned growers to the greenest of thumbs. The general festival hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to Orchids on the Riverbanks is free with paid admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Scheduled …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Riverbanks Zoo is offering "Love on the Wild Side," a special wildlife date night for Valentine's Day.
Does your Valetine love animals? If so, be sure to check out the Riverbanks Zoo adult-only diner and guided walking tour for the special night. There are two dates, Feb. 14 or Feb. 15., that include a signature cocktail and learning how animals "mate and date," a press release stated. Tickets are $100 per couple and should be purchased online at no later than Feb. 8. No one under 21 will be admitted.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Malayan Tapir could grow to weigh more than 700 pounds.
Meet Riverbanks' newest resident, Daniella, a 16-year-old Malayan Tapir from the Bronx Zoo. Daniella can be seen on exhibit daily near the Zoo’s Galapagos tortoise yard. “We are excited to bring this unique species back to Riverbanks,” said John Davis, curator of mammals at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. “We hope that Zoo guests will enjoy learning about Daniella and all tapirs in general.” Daniella will join several other species of Tapirs, according to a press release. They are considered to be an endangered species. “Tapirs also have interesting ways of communicating,” said Davis. “One of the most common is a high-pitched whistle that almost sounds like screeching car breaks.” Another type of tapir talk is snorting and stomping—typical …
Friday, January 4, 2013
The deal applies to Richland and Lexington County residents.
Beginning tomorrow, January 4, the Zoo will offer free admission January and February. To be eligable, you must live in Richland or Lexington Counties and provide proof of residency: Valid ID or copy of property tax statement. Zoo winter hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. There is no limit to the number of Fridays Richland and Lexington county residents can visit during the promotion, a press release stated. If you go, don't forget to visit the new baby giraffe, Winston, the baby koala, the new female barbiusa or the new baby penguin. For more Northeast Columbia news, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or sign up for the free newsletter.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Keep these ideas in mind for those last few presents you haven't bought.
It's Christmas Eve and you have that one last present left to buy. What do you do? Gift Card? Donation to charity in their name? What? Here are some ideas.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Lights Before Christmass will reopen on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden's Lights Before Christmas will be closed today due to the potential for severe weather, officials said. According to the National Weather Service, there's a chance of thunderstorm before 10 p.m. The zoo's lights attraction will reopen on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Friday, November 16, 2012
The annual Christmas festival continues at Riverbanks Zoo.
Got a cool name you've been thinking about? A new penguin at Riverbanks Zoo might just be the animal to get it. The annual festival of lights at the zoo is gearing up to bring a little spirit to all walks of life this year. Lights before Christmas will officially kick off on Saturday at Riverbanks Zoo. More than 1 million lights and hundreds of animated figures will decorate the park, according to a zoo press release. New this year is a 15-foot snow globe and the chance to name a penguin. At the Jingle Bell Bonfire you can roast marshmallows and get hot cocoa. The event will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 17 to Dec. 30 but closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Advance tickets are available online and are $8 for …