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the member magazine for Riverbanks Zoo and Garden | January - February 2020

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DIRECTOR’S VIEW Volume XXXIX Number 1

Riverbanks is published six times a year for members of Riverbanks Society by Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia, South Carolina.

Riverbanks Park Commission Bud M. Tibshrany, Chair Robert G. Davidson, Vice-Chair Jan Stamps, Treasurer Alana Odom Williams, Secretary M.F. “Phil” Bartlett Mary Howard Michael Phemister Velasco

Riverbanks Society Board

Susan S. Keenan, President J. Stuart Moore, Vice President Tristan K. Weinkle, DVM, DACVIM, Treasurer Stephanie R. Jones, Secretary J. Anderson Folsom, Immediate Past President A. Mattison Bogan Clifford Bourke, Jr. William J. Brennan Sharon W. Bryant Patti Embry-Tautenhan Deans R. Fawcett Cecilia Fournil Jeffrey Gossett James Herlong Sarah Kirby Shelby Kay Leonardi Sarah Bovaird Locke Donna Longo Lindsey Miles Andrew Reed Jeffrey T. Reeves Don F. Barton, Director Emeritus

As we head into another new year and make our 2020 resolutions, I invite you to join me in making a simple commitment for the future of our children, plants and animals, and community: Take 12 small steps at home that can make a big difference. Each month your enclosed calendar will pose a conservation challenge, share what Riverbanks is doing to help and then recommend some simple actions you can take at home. They say it takes a village to raise a child. It takes a community to conquer critical conservation challenges. Please join me. See you at the Zoo -

Thomas K. Stringfellow President & CEO

Riverbanks Executive Officers

Thomas K. Stringfellow, President & CEO Ed Diebold, Chief Life Sciences Officer Breta Rheney, Chief Financial Officer Dave Ruhl, Chief Operating Officer Christie Vondrak, Chief Human Resources Officer Lochlan Wooten, Chief Marketing Officer

Riverbanks Senior Staff

Rachael Bashor, Director of Education Andy Cabe, Director of Botanical Garden John Davis, Director of Animal Care & Welfare Kevin Eubanks, Director of Guest Services Eric Helms, Director of Construction & Planning Monique Jacobs, Director of Riverbanks Society Al Nelson, Director of Facilities Maintenance Susan O’Cain, Director of Communications Melodie Scott-Leach, Director of Habitat Horticulture Martha Weber, DVM, Director of Animal Health Colleen Lynch, Curator of Birds Scott Pfaff, Curator of Herpetology Sue Pfaff, Curator of Mammals Jennifer Rawlings, Aquarium Curator

Riverbanks Hours of Operation Open daily 9am-5pm • Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days. NEW Winter hours (December - January) 10am-5pm.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is located at 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia SC 29210

Subscriptions to Riverbanks are $24 per year. Members of Riverbanks Society are entitled to one free subscription along with free admission and guest passes, discounts at Zoo & Garden gift shops, invitations to special events and much more. To subscribe to Riverbanks or to join the Society, visit www.riverbanks.org or call 803.779.8717 and press 1. Riverbanks Magazine Editor - Monique Jacobs Design - Majken Blackwell Contributors - Milo Anderson, Syndi Castelluccio, Susan O’Cain, Lochlan Wooten Contributing Photographers - Larry Cameron, Lynn Hunter Hackett, Michael Jones, Richard W. Rokes Cover Photograph - Amur Tiger, Panthera tigris altaica by Richard W. Rokes

Printed using vegetable-based inks.


Historic Saluda Mill ruins along the River Trail at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden


African Lion Panthera leo


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Worldwide, one million plastic bottles are purchased each minute. Only 20% are recycled; 800,000 go to landfills or reach the ocean each day.

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Riverbanks offers boxed water and reusable cups for beverages. You can fill up with reusable cups and bottles.

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FREE FRIDAY for residents of Richland & Lexington Counties

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Chinese Hwamei Garrulax canorus


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Each year more than one billion birds die as a result of window collisions. Birds often strike glass reflecting the sky or landscape, mistaking it as a clear flight path.

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You can close your blinds, turn lights off at night and add bird friendly markers to windows at home.

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Riverbanks installed bird friendly markers to protect our feathered friends. On your next visit to the Zoo, check out the windows around the park to see for yourself.

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Plains Zebra Equus quagga


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RIVERBANKS RUN

Each day the average American produces about 4.4 pounds of trash, sending waste to 3,000 landfills around the country. Landfills take away habitat from plants and animals. Riverbanks composts all plant and animal waste. Our restaurants compost food waste from the kitchen.

You can compost at home to reduce landfill waste.


Carpenter Bee Xylocopa violacea


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40% of pollinators face extinction. Present species extinction rates are 100 to 1,000 times higher than normal due to human impacts. Bees and butterflies are especially vulnerable.

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WINE TASTING at Riverbanks Botanical Garden

PARTY FOR THE PLANET

Riverbanks is teaming up with other organizations to plant pollinator gardens throughout South Carolina. You can plant a pollinator garden in your own backyard or neighborhood.


Klein’s Butterflyfish Chaetodon kleinii


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Overfishing causes damage to ecosystems, pushing them out of balance. This results in a negative domino effect in our oceans that is difficult to stop. Overfishing can cause a lack of fish species, and it can also cause health issues for the remaining species and other wildlife.

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Memorial Day

Riverbanks restaurants serve only fish acquired from sustainable fisheries.

TWILIGHT IN THE GARDEN ........................................ ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY

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MEMBERS’ NIGHT OUT

You can support sustainable fishing by asking for and purchasing fish that is responsibly sourced. To learn more, visit www.seafoodwatch.org


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Trash travels from highways and parking lots to rivers and eventually oceans. Islands of trash the size of the state of Texas can now be found in the oceans. One dump truck load of trash per minute makes its way to our oceans. Riverbanks cleans up trash along the Saluda River each month.

You can pick up litter, too, and refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle.


California Sea Lion Zalophus californianus


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Americans use over 500 million plastic straws each day. Many end up in the ocean and harm aquatic wildlife. Riverbanks has eliminated all single-use plastic straws from concession stands.

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You can simply skip the straw or purchase a reusable drinking straw.

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Western Lowland Gorilla Gorilla gorilla gorilla


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The African rainforest is being clear-cut for minerals that are used to manufacture mobile devices like cell phones. Recycling your old cell phones reduces the demand for these minerals and helps to save gorillas.

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Riverbanks collects hundreds of mobile devices from our members and guests that are recycled for gorilla conservation.

You can recycle your used phones and other mobile devices at approved locations including Riverbanks.


Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas


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Marine animals like sea turtles can become entangled or ingest plastic debris often resulting in injury or death.

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RIVERBANKS ZOOFARI

Riverbanks re-purposes plastic trash collected from waterways and turns it into art to raise awareness about the impacts of pollution. You can keep our waterways plastic-free by refusing single-use plastics, recycling and disposing of debris in appropriate locations.


Malayan Tapir Tapirus indicus


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Growing demand for palm oil, used in a wide range of household items from cleaning products to cookies, has resulted in mass deforestation in Southeast Asia. Riverbanks is home to a number of Asian species that are threatened by deforestation for palm oil plantations.

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You can remember to buy aware: Look for products that are palm-oil free or labeled with a certified sustainable palm oil logo—including Halloween candy!

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PUMPKIN SMASH ........................... Halloween


Rockhopper Penguin Eudyptes chrysocome

King Penguin

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Riverbanks’ animal care staff wear plastic gloves for the health and safety of our animals. Riverbanks recycles one ton of plastic gloves annually, all of which is later made into plastic lumber.

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You can recycle more–and recycle responsibly!


Grizzly Bear

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Fossil fuels generate 65% of America’s electricity. Using less energy saves natural resources like coal or natural gas.

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Riverbanks switched to energy efficient bulbs. This lowers our energy usage by 80%. You can make your home as energy efficient as possible. Start by switching to compact fluorescent or LED lights.

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Riverbanks Magazine - 2020 Calendar Issue  

Volume XXXIX, Number 1

Riverbanks Magazine - 2020 Calendar Issue  

Volume XXXIX, Number 1