Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia , SC 29210
(803) 779-8717
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Botanical garden view of water fountain Two lions at RIverbanks Zoo Columbia, SC Flamingos on a sandy shore at Riverbanks Zoo Columbia, SC

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 3,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens. The lush 170-acre site features dynamic natural habitat exhibits, scenic river views, spectacular valley overlooks, and significant historic landmarks. The Zoo opened on April 25, 1974, and for nearly five decades, has connected individuals, families, and school children with the natural world. Riverbanks is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in animal care and welfare, education, recreation, science, and wildlife conservation. Riverbanks is one of the largest mid-sized zoos in the United States and South Carolina’s leading destination attraction, boasting a national reputation as one of America’s best zoos and drawing over one million visitors annually.

It is the mission of the Zoo and Garden to create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

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