There are exciting changes coming to Riverbanks Zoo!
South Carolina’s biggest zoo, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will be closing its aquarium reptile complex next month for a compelling reason. They will be undergoing a year-long renovation that promises new and exciting features for visitors.
Their new building will emphasize the zoo’s conservation efforts which have been behind the scenes for years, including their coral reefs rescue project in Florida.
“We’re very excited to partner with the Boyd Foundation to make this happen,” said Jennifer Rawlins, the aquarium curator. “What I’m most excited about is that we’re going to be bringing some of the conservation work that we’ve been doing for years to the front of the house for our guests.”
Part of the revamp will include a conservation lab with an exhibit with more than 400 different geckos, coral colonies, and a desert biome with plants and animals species.
Meanwhile, animals that are currently in the zoo will be relocated. The famous crocodiles that have been part of the Riverbanks Zoo for more than 30 years have already been moved to a new home in Fresno, California.
The reopening of these sections of the zoo is scheduled for summer 2022.