Riverbanks Zoo

Riverbanks Zoo Gets Ready for ‘Lights Before Christmas’ to Shine

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Get ready to light up the Zoo! Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo kicks off Saturday, November 18. This is the 30th anniversary season of Lights Before Christmas. According to Zoo officials, the dazzling display will features nearly one million lights and animated images. For the first time, a 30-foot animated story tree, plus a Holly Jolly Christmas…

Riverbanks Officials Trying to Cope with Death of Infant Gorilla

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Tragic news out of Riverbanks Zoo as workers, and visitors, mourn the loss of the Zoo’s first infant gorilla. The infant gorilla was born in the breech position Thursday. This was the first pregnancy for 11-year-old Macy, one of the Zoo’s three female western lowland gorillas, according to zoo officials. Gorilla Base Camp has been closed to give…

Riverbanks Zoo Announces Death of Female African Elephant

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has announced the death of one of its female African elephants.  Zoo officials say the 37 year old Elephant, named Penny,  was humanely euthanized on Thursday, May 4 after she fell on exhibit and was unable to stand.  According to Zoo officials, Penny had been at Riverbanks since December of 2001. The Median…

Beloved 44-Year-Old Elephant Euthanized at Riverbanks Zoo

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– One of the female African elephants has died at the Riverbanks Zoo Saturday morning. The Zoo’s veterinary staff made the difficult decision to euthanize 44-year-old Petunia on Saturday because of deteriorating health, Riverbanks Zoo said in a statement released Saturday evening. When staff arrived Saturday morning she was found unable to stand. “Euthanasia was necessary because of…

Watch: Riverbanks Zoo opens New Pedestrian Bridge

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– There’s a new way to get to Riverbanks Zoo. On Wednesday the New Pedestrian Bridge opened, allowing Zoo visitors to move from the parking lots, over the train tracks safely and right into the Zoo. The New C-S-X Pedestrian Bridge gives visitors access between the Zoo entrance and the North Parking lot over the CSX Railroad tracks….