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WELCOME Over the past 14 years, Riverbanks ZOOfari has emerged as the signature fundraiser for Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Thanks to your support, this event helps fulfill our goals of providing the highest quality care for the plants and animals, diverse educational and recreational experiences for our guests, and vital resources for conservation efforts both in the Midlands and abroad. Thanks to the generous bond issue recently approved by Richland and Lexington County Councils, Riverbanks is preparing to embark on a major expansion effort where members and guests can look forward to fantastic underwater views of sea lions and seals as they swim and dive, the playful antics of grizzly bears as otters frolic in the foreground, delighted children exploring tree houses and splashing about in a water-play area of the new Children's Garden, plus more up-close animal encounters in the Zoo and a larger main entrance to better accommodate members and guests.

While this exciting new future for your Zoo unfolds, we hope you enjoy this evening's epicurean expedition where you will also have the chance to encounter some amazing animals and special presentations along the way. As always, the highlight of the night will be the dynamic silent and live auctions offering rare and unusual items you just can't find anywhere else, including an opportunity to explore Africa Riverbanks-style, a private zip line tour with dinner overlooking the Saluda River, breakfast with the gorillas, and much more!

So, take a stroll, savor your surroundings… sample the cuisine and sip a cool cocktail… explore the grizzly bear barn or get up close to a Galapagos tortoise. And don't forget to bid on some of those “wild” items on the auction block to show your support for the animals at Riverbanks.

Satch Krantz President and CEO

SPECIAL EVENTS 7:30 Gorilla food toss

at Gorilla Base Camp


7:30 Komodo Dragon feeding

in the Aquarium-Reptile Complex


7:45 Dive presentation

in the Aquarium-Reptile Complex


8:00 Lion Enrichment at The Lion Exhibit


8:00 Penguin Feeding in the Bird House


8:30 Elephant Enrichment at the Elephant Exhibit



Live Music

Up-Close Animal Encounters Photo Booth


TONIGHT’S HAPPENINGS Tour the Grizzly Bear Ba


Feed the Giraffes Up-Close Animal Encoun Animal Feedings and Pr


esentations Step Up to the Challeng e on the Sky-High Safari Ride the Carousel

PALMETTO PL A Z A 7:30 Komodo Dragon feeding in the Aquarium-Reptile Complex

7:45 Dive Presentation in the Aquarium-Reptile Complex

8:00 Penguin feeding in the Birdhouse

7-9 Tour the Grizzly Bear Barn at the Grizzly Bear exhibit

7-10 Photo Booth

in the Palmetto Plaza

LOW COUNTRY BOIL Oyster Roast Frogmore Stew .


Signature Drink

Oyster Shooters

k Pepper Vodka Spicy Bloody Mary Mix & Blac ns topped with Tabasco, Fried Onio

GAME DAY ab Cakes Sliders Mini Burger Sliders Mini Cr t Chili Remoulade .

with Swee


with Jalapeno Pimento Chee



ed Green Tomatoes Funnel Cake Truffle Fries Fri with Bacon Pimento Cheese .

Signature Drink

Tailgate Classic Brooklyn Summer Ale

“REEL” TAPAS thwest Pulled Chicken Salad Mini Corn Taco Stuffed with Sou with Crispy Fried Onions .

a Tomato Relish Topped

with Avocado and Ripe Rom


ved in Spring Roll Cone i Tuna Tartare Ser Yellow Fin Ah chies and Wasabi Cream Crun m Crea Sour and mber, Cheddar Topped with Cucu


Signature Drink

Rolling Mojito to

Berry Naked Turtle Rum Moji

7:30 Gorilla Food Toss in Gorilla Base Camp

THE GYRO GRILL Marinated Rotisserie Lamb Ba ron .

with Pickled Cabbage, Marinat ed Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, Spicy Tzatziki, Red Onion Mar malade & Pita Bread

Greek-Style Potato Wedges and Garlic Dill Pesto Dippin g Sa .



Signature Drink

Santorini Sunrise

Vodka, Pink Grapefruit Juic e and Campari topped with Mint Leaves and Grapefruit Wedges

AFRICAN G A T E WAY 7-8:30 Feed the Giraffes at the Giraffe Deck

7-8:30 Step Up to the Challenge on the Sky-High Safari Ropes Course ~ low-heeled, closed toe shoes required ~

8:30 Elephant Enrichment at the Elephant Exhibit

C A R O U S EL PL A Z A 7-10 Take a Spin on the Endangered Species Carousel

7:30 The Magic of Ray Hardee in the Discovery Center Theater

8:00 Lion Enrichment at the Lion Exhibit

CAROLINA SMOKEHOUSE Smokey Southern BBQ Chicken .

with Brioche Potato Slider Roll and Choice of Sauce

Fat Back Baked Beans .

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese Muffins with Creamy Southern Slaw .

Signature Drink

The Charleston Bog

Bourbon, Lime, Raspberries and White Cranberry topped with Mint

FROM THE GARDEN Mini Ice Berg Wedges .

with Gorgonzola Cheese, Heirloom Tomatoes and Applewood Smoked Bacon with House Blue Cheese Dressing

Red and Yellow Roma Tomato Caprese Salad

with Fresh Burrata Drizzled with Rich Olive Oil Balsamic Reduction and Topped with Fried Basil and Crispy Prosciutto .

Signature Drink

Carolina at Dusk Intoxicating Peach Ciroc and Champagne Cocktail

SAFARI C AM P Silent Auction Bidding begins at 7

Wild Wall 7 until

Live Auction Bidding begins at 9 SWEET NITROGEN gen Mousselines dipped in Liquid Nitro .

and served on Mini Sugar Cones

Homemade Banana Pudding, Peach Cobbler an. d Chocolate Pie COFFEE AND LIQUEURS Starbucks Coffees and Teas .

Sticks, with Assorted Liqueurs, Cinnamon Rock Candy and Shaved Chocolate

YOU COULD BE THE HIGHEST BIDDER! Tonight’s proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Riverbanks’ annual grocery bill costs approximately $500,000 $100 may feed our gorillas for a week $500 might feed a penguin for a year

Tonight’s Live Auction begins at 9:00 in Safari Camp Silent Auction bidding closes 10 minutes after the Live Auction


Zip and Sip on the Saluda Looking for a wild adventure right in your own backyard? You and 7 guests will enjoy a private experience on Riverbanks' all-new zipline canopy tour. Afterwards, relax and reflect on the amazing river zip as you are treated to hor d'oeuvres and wine on the iconic bridge overlooking the Saluda River. Tour begins at 6pm; additional food items to be covered by winner. To redeem this item, call Sallie Jean Jackson at 803.602.0848 or email by September 27, 2014.


Big Cat Experience Feline fanatics will want to pounce on this purr-fect opportunity! Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour and upclose experience with the tigers and lions. You will explore their off-exhibit quarters, then you and your 5 guests will tour the tiger exhibit, place enrichment items around the habitat, and then enjoy watching the tiger explore and find these treats while you dine under the moonlight on the Tiger Overlook deck. This is your chance to learn all you ever wanted to know about big cats! Did you know that there are around 500 Amur tigers left in the wild, with some estimates considerably lower? Learn more during this amazing opportunity. To redeem this item, call Ed Diebold at 803.602.085 or email by September 27, 2014.


A Penguin by Any Other Name‌ Riverbanks is pleased to introduce one of our newest arrivals–a rockhopper penguin chick! The only problem is...the little fella doesn't have a name. You and four guests will enjoy a private behind-the-scenes tour with Riverbanks' penguins and meet your namesake up close. Then, watch closely as the penguins create a custom-color masterpiece on canvas! The story behind your name choice and a photo of the encounter will be featured in an upcoming issue of Riverbanks magazine. To redeem this item, call Monique Jacobs at 803.602.0809


Boo at the Zoo All Access Pass Treat your child to a VIP experience at the Midlands' most popular Halloween event. Your party of 16 will enjoy early VIP entry and parking, free admission, and access to all open attractions. You will enjoy a private magic show and then be escorted to your private party room away from the crowds to enjoy pizza, lemonade and Boo at the Zoo goodie bags. Each child will receive a goody bag. To redeem this item, call Sallie Jean Jackson at 803.602.084 or email by September 27, 2014.


Rise and Shine with the Gorillas If breakfast is busy in your kitchen, just imagine what it's like in Gorilla Base Camp, where Riverbanks' professional zookeepers get three western lowland gorillas ready to face the day. You'll see what goes into the care and feeding of these great apes as you and your 5 guests enjoy breakfast in the outdoor shelter. Learn how zookeepers use operant conditioning training to encourage these giants to participate in their own health care, stay curious, and explore their surroundings. Plus, take home a one-of-a-kind painting you'll create with the gorillas. To redeem this item, call Ed Diebold at 602.0852 or email by September 27, 2014.


Sweet Holiday Celebration What better way to kick off the holidays than by hosting a “sweet” reception for 20 at Riverbanks' 26th Annual Lights Before Christmas! One honorary member of your guest list will be the first to “flip the switch” on our 25-foot tree. Your group will learn our secrets of making nightly snowfall, and then open the front gates for all of Riverbanks' guests. This sweet treat includes admission, unlimited marshmallow roasting, carousel rides and other evening attractions. Menu consists of desserts, coffee and cocoa; menu modifications to be covered by winning bidder. Reception venue and dates subject to availability. Please book 30 days in advance. To redeem this item, call Sallie Jean Jackson at 803.602.0848 or email by September 27, 2014.


Ultimate Backyard Makeover Bummed with the backyard blahs? A Riverbanks horticulturist will come to your house and design a focal point for your garden. Then a talented team will make the design a reality! Up to six hours of professional consultation and labor included; homeowner is responsible for purchase of plants and related materials and supplies. Please book 30 days in advance. Must live within a 30-mile radius of Riverbanks. To redeem this item, call Melodie Scott-Leach at 803.602.0855 or email by September 27, 2014.


Overnight PJ Party Enjoy a private birthday party at the Zoo for your 6- to 12-year-old at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Invite up to 20 guests for what is sure to be a cream-of-the-crop experience! Budding explorers will participate in a bug hunt, paint a pot and plant a seed, then enjoy pizza and a movie – and an edible “buggy” treat! Be sure to wear your jammies and bring sleeping bags for this exclusive overnight. Then wake up to a light breakfast before going out to explore the Zoo. March through November only. Party limited to 20 people, including adults (minimum 2 adults required). Pizza, lemonade, ice cream, danishes, juice and 20 admission tickets will be provided. To redeem this item call, Amanda Segura at 803.602.0813 or email by September 27, 2014.


Brew at the Zoo Just for You! Grab your favorite pint glass along with 9 of your friends and join us for a progressive beer tasting at Riverbanks! You'll begin in the Birdhouse for an up-close and personal visit with Riverbanks' tuxedo-clad friends and a sampling of brews during the penguin feeding. Then travel to the elephant overlook to try a few new brews and get a look at Riverbanks' 4 largest friends. Stroll over to the giant giraffe barn where you'll chat with a knowledgeable keeper. Wind down the evening with another selection of brews and BBQ on the giraffe deck! To redeem this item, call Ed Diebold at 803. 602.0852 or email by September 27, 2014.


Wild Art by Brian Francis Commission your very own masterpiece by Riverbanks' horticulture design specialist, Brian Francis. Brian has created stunning works of art on granite for ZOOfari auctions in the past, and this year he is offering to create a custom-made piece that suits you and your dĂŠcor. Check out some of his amazing art work on display. Choose something similar or something completely new; the choice is yours! To redeem this item please contact Brian Francis at by September 27, 2014.


Wildest Birthday Party in Town This birthday party is sure to be unforgettable. Your group of 20 will enjoy admission to the Zoo and a VIP all-access pass to each of the rides and attractions as well as private room to celebrate with pizza and drinks. This event can be tailored with age-appropriate activities such as a group climb on the Sky-High Safari, an up-close animal encounter or a private movie screening! To redeem this item, call Sallie Jean Jackson at 803.602.0848 or email by September 27, 2014.


Grand African Safari Explore Africa, Riverbanks-style. Start your evening with a unique perspective— from inside the gorilla exhibit. Afterwards, head over to explore the mammoth interior of the elephant barn, and get up-close to the giraffes in their towering residence. Wrap up the evening with dinner and drinks for 8 overlooking the elephants and meerkats in the dramatically lit Ndoki Plaza. A keeper will be your special guest for an exclusive Q&A opportunity. To redeem this item call Ed Diebold at 803. 602.0852 or email by September 27, 2014.


Dinner and a Show Love going to the movies, but hate waiting in line, sitting in cramped seats and the constant chattering from the guy two rows up? Treat yourself to a whole new theater experience by throwing a “picture perfect” party in Riverbanks Zoo's Discovery Center Theater. You and 15 of your guests will enjoy a totally private movie or television experience, complete with popcorn and beverages. Whether it is a birthday Grammy party, girls' night out or Super Bowl party, the possibilities are endless! And no need to ask “that” guy to get off the cell phone or stop whispering during the movie, because “that” guy won't be there! Additional food items to be covered by winner. To redeem this item, call Sallie Jean Jackson at 803.602.0848 or email by September 27, 2014.

Visit our WILD WALL! in Safari Camp

Become a Wild Parent and be entered to win the ultimate Vista dining package!

Thank You, Guests Your participation in this event supports ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Tonight’s Sponsors

2013 Riverbanks ZOOfari  

Event and Auction Guide

2013 Riverbanks ZOOfari  

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