Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Forty Wild Years
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of South Carolina Press
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Title Page, Copyright Page
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I always tell people, “If you haven’t been to the zoo in thirty years, you’ve missed some big changes.” Modern, accredited zoological institutions have transformed themselves into centers of conservation science; they have become sophisticated educators; they are drivers of tourism and the economy; ...
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Three years ago Jonathan Haupt, then interim director and now director of the University of South Carolina Press, contacted Monique Jacobs, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s membership and communications manager, with an idea. Jonathan and his wife, Lorene, have been Riverbanks Society members since they first moved to South Carolina in 2004. ...
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Throughout its forty-year history, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has taken pride in the exceptional teamwork that has helped lead to its success. This book would not have been possible without the collective expertise, details, and images provided by staff, volunteers, and members of the community. ...
Introduction: An Award-winning Zoo and Garden
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Recognized today as one of America’s best zoos, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden began in the early 60s as the dream of a handful of Columbia-area business leaders, who envisioned a small children’s zoo featuring cows, chickens, raccoons, and other native wildlife. ...
Chapter 1. The Early Years
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In 1897 the fifteen-acre Hyatt Park opened in Eau Claire, the city’s first suburban neighborhood. The park, developed by North Carolina–born Frederick H. Hyatt, featured a two-story pavilion, or “casino,” with a five-hundred-seat auditorium for vaudeville performances and concerts. ...
Chapter 2. Turning a Dream into Reality
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Community persistence for the Riverbanks Park continued, and in April 1969 a bill was introduced to the state legislature to create the South Carolina Riverbanks Parks Commission. The bill passed on June 17, and a few weeks later, on July 11, 1969, Secretary of State O. Frank Thornton swore in the first Riverbanks Parks Commission: ...
Chapter 3. Picking Up Momentum
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Riverbanks Zoo received a major public relations boost when the December 1976 issue of Family Circle hit newsstands. The magazine included a two-page article titled “A Zoo’s Who,” by Jean Anderson, and this changed forever how Columbians felt about their new zoo. The piece was really nothing more than a subjective compilation of the thirteen “best” zoos in the United States. ...
Chapter 4. Animal Care and Conservation
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Zoo animal medicine was still in its infancy when Riverbanks opened in 1974. At the time most zoos did not employ a full-time veterinarian, relying instead on one or more consulting veterinarians. These were mostly local veterinarians who lacked any kind of formal exotic animal medical training ...
Chapter 5. The New Zoo
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In the early 1990s Earl Wells, the late director of the Ft. Wayne Children’s Zoo in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, had a wonderfully creative concept. He was looking for a way to generate revenue for his zoo yet wanted to do so in a fun and educational way. ...
Chapter 6. Into the Future
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In 2008 the University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management conducted a comprehensive study to determine the annual financial contributions of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden on the economy of Richland and Lexington Counties. The report illustrated the economic impact of both tourism and operational spending ...
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Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2014