Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Forty Wild Years
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of South Carolina Press
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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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Riverbanks shattered its weekly attendance record during spring break of 2010, one of the busiest seasons on record, drawing a total of 68,513 visitors in that single week.(above) Throughout her first year, Yara the Hamadryas baboon could frequently be seen hitching a ride on Mom’s back. Photograph by Richard W. Rokes. (overleaf) Koala and joey. Photograph by Richard W. Rokes....
CHAPTER 1. THE EARLY YEARS
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Happy the Tiger remains a celebrity at Riverbanks. This bronze sculpture—a favorite family photo op—was donated by Stanley O. Smith, Jr., and his family in honor of the individuals and organizations whose This baby siamang looks almost too cute to hoot and holler. Among the zoo’s most iconic animals are the howling monkeys, who are in fact not monkeys at all but siamangs—members of the ape family from Southeast Asia....
CHAPTER 2. TURNING A DREAM INTO REALITY
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...(facing) Riverbanks acquired this pair of wreathed hornbills in the fall of 2011. Photograph by Larry Cameron.Without question Riverbanks owes its success to those dedicated Commission, the zoo and garden’s governing authority. Standing and fi scally responsible manner. They accomplish this mostly by managing the orga nization’s long-range plan and setting policy. ...
CHAPTER 3. PICKING UP MOMENTUM
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Schoolchildren meet a boa constrictor during one of the zoo’s educational (top) Breaking ground on the site of the new Education Center, September 29, 1982. (bottom) Longtime curator of birds Bob Seibels shows schoolchildren an In the last ten years, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums formally trained more than four hundred thousand teachers nationwide, supporting science curricula with effec-...
CHAPTER 4. ANIMAL CARE AND CONSERVATION
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Vet tech Jeanna Lineberger assists with surgery on a young flamingo. The large circular flouroscopy unit this would be where I would want to work if I ever get into vet-acceptance letter saved amongst my files). I started the extern-duced to parrots and many other avian species for the first time not to mention all the other residents of the zoo. This started ...
CHAPTER 5. THE NEW ZOO
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A young visitor feeds browse to a giraffe. Photograph by Richard W. Rokes.A young zoo guest enjoys feeding a sociable lorikeet. Photograph by Robin (top) The new Birdhouse at Riverbanks won the AZA Exhibit Award in 2002 for its innovative avian program. Photograph by Matt Croxton. (bottom) A perspective of the gorilla yard that few get to see. The elephants Providing daily care to Riverbanks’ four African elephants is extremely demanding ...
CHAPTER 6. INTO THE FUTURE
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...(facing) Sea lions were always a crowd favorite at Riverbanks, but their exhibit deteriorated and was demol-ished in the summer of 2009. With the recent bond issue, Riverbanks looks forward to bringing back the popular pinnepeds in a bigger and better exhibit with underwater viewing. Photograph by Richard W. Rokes.look like it is engulfed with flames. It needs something to climb on (such as a trellis), or it can be planted at the base of a shrub. Something so pretty shouldn’t be this easy ...
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Publication Year: 2014