As Riverbanks Zoo’s 50th anniversary approaches, the zoo announced new facilities, gave updates on conservation initiatives, and shared about new partnerships. Visitors can expect to see:
A new Komodo dragon breeding facility
The anticipated opening is slated for late this spring or summer and will allow for more engaging, up-close views of the endangered lizards.
The Jane B. Friedman Conservation Learning Center
The new education facility will feature a larger indoor and outdoor classroom setting that can expand its offerings of innovative educational experiences. The new education center is currently in the design phase + expected to open in 2026.
The expansion of the Bridge to the Wild project
Watch this seven-minute video to see what the local zoo has in store as the Bridge to the Wild project continues to expand. Locals can expect:
- River development
- New restaurant overlooking the Saluda River and new orangutan exhibit
- New SC nature and history preserve
- Aerial trams
- New walkways + habitats that house black bears, red wolves, and bald eagles
A partnership with Peak Drift Brewery
Craft beer + hard seltzer — sipped from Peak Drift’s 100% recyclable cans — are expected to roll out this spring and will be available at the Zoo and wherever Peak Drift spirits are sold.
A partnership to help birds avoid windows
This new partnership between Riverbanks, SC Wildlife Federation, and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ North American Songbird SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction will boost bird safety with the CollidEscape window vinyl. This initiative aims to prevent glass collisions. Guests can view the bird-friendly installation at Riverbanks’ Tuskers restaurant, enhancing both safety + aesthetics.
Don’t forget, Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties can enjoy Free Fridays throughout February.