Riverbanks Zoo shatters attendance record

(Source: Riverbanks Zoo)
(Source: Riverbanks Zoo)

Columbia, SC - COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – Riverbanks Zoo and Garden used spring break to set an attendance record with the largest number of visitors ever to visit the park in a single week.

From April 5-11, Riverbanks welcomed 63,513 guests.

"This record-breaking attendance emphasizes the fact that Riverbanks is South Carolina's largest attraction," said Satch Krantz, executive director of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. "More importantly, many of the guests that visited the park were tourists who came from out of town and out of state and as a result contributed to our local economy."

The previous record for attendance in a single week, set during spring break of 2002, was 51,835 visitors, which was also the year that the renovated Birdhouse and Ndoki Forest, including the elephant and gorilla exhibits, opened to the public.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden to, located at 500 Wildlife Parkway in Columbia, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Admission is $9.75 for adults, $7.25 for children ages 3-12 and free for children 2 and under.

For more information, call Riverbanks at 803-779-8717 or visit www.riverbanks.org.

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