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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens 2005
Columbia, South Carolina


I recently visited the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens with my childs kindergarden class.  Well I saw the zoo part at least, and tried to take in some of the planting around the paths.  I am returning later to visit the Gardens area.  I will say that it is is a very evolving space as with any zoo.  It is not the same place as when I was a youngster, but then a zoo that has animal sharing and breeding programs never stays exactly the same.
One thing that never changes is the effect a zoo has on children, they go to the circus and see the animals perform, that is ok, but here at this zoo they can watch the animals interact with each other and their habitat.  I know a zoo is not a natural place but it is an small attempt to conserve some of the species that we would not ever get to see on our own.  Except maybe on a television, or  a movie.  I believe there have been some great advances in Riverbanks Zoo since I remember going there as a small child.  I cn also appreciate the varitey of things they have growing in these grounds also.
Here are a few pictures.

Meercat
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(like the Lion King's 'TIMON')

Gorilla
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where else are you gonna get this close?

Emperor Penguin
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These guys were huge

Sweet?
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Cuddly?

Pink Flamingo
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The Lionesses
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Naybe next trip I can get the male

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Posing so Nicely

TO VISIT THE RIVERBANKS ZOO WEBSITE
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You will need to take a whole day to discover all that is going on at this fun, colorful, interesting, and educational place.  I would definately reccommend this as a top attraction in South Carolina.

Be sure to visit Article Page 2 for some of the plant life I photographed while I was there on this trip
(April 29th 2005)

This article contributed by Victoria Meetze.

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