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Riverbanks Roundup

Riverbanks Roundup is produced by South Carolina ETV in conjunction with Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

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A Day in the Life


Join the Riverbanks Zoo crew as they go through a day’s work of caring for over 2,000 animals and a myriad of plant life! Go behind the scenes to find out about the food prep area and the daily process of feeding and cleaning to make sure our animal friends are happy and healthy.


African Safari


Jambo! That’s “hello” in Swahili, the language spoken in East Africa. Grab your hat and join Riverbanks Roundup for this NEW edition entitled African Safari. We’ll explore the zoo on an African Safari where students can meet African mammals and plants close up and learn about how they survive in the wild.


Animal Love Stories


How do animals attract a valentine? Baboons, Birds of Paradise and even flowers do some of the same things we do! Learn the secrets to animal amour as we discover gift giving, dating dances and love nests on Riverbanks Roundup: Animal Love Stories!


Animal Survival Tactics


Planet Earth is wild! And animals need to be ready to survive.  Explore Riverbanks Zoo to meet snakes with night vision, zebras that hide and tigers born to hunt! Plus many more wild animals and plants that have the ultimate survival tactics!


Australian Walkabout


Australia is home to unique and fascinating animals like frilled lizards, kangaroos, wallabies, and seahorses. Join Riverbanks Zoo staff on an Australian walkabout to discover the animals of the outback. 


Believe It or Not


Get the scoop on some interesting, amazing and silly things about our zoo animals – you just might not believe your ears or eyes!


Crossing the Globe


Students can journey across the globe without leaving the zoo! Get friendly with the North American Grizzly Bear, prowl around with tigers from Europe, fly to South America and swim with the penguins, swing from trees with lemurs from Madagascar, and more! 


Crossing the Globe


Students can journey across the globe without leaving the zoo! Get friendly with the North American Grizzly Bear, prowl around with tigers from Europe, fly to South America and swim with the penguins, swing from trees with lemurs from Madagascar, and more! 


Eco Adventure with Philippe Cousteau


Join Riverbanks Roundup and Conservationist Philippe Cousteau as we journey through Riverbanks Zoo searching for ways to support a healthy Earth and all its creatures. Explore the aquarium, feed African Tortoises, and help clean up the Saluda River. Cousteau shares his passion for conservation and passes on the power to make a positive difference to Zoo Teens and South Carolina kids.


Fact or Fiction


Dive right in to investigating animal fact versus animal fiction!  Since animals accomplish amazing maneuvers to survive, how do we tell fact from fiction? Investigate with zoo animal keepers as we swim with piranhas and talk to tortoises to sniff out the truth!


Feathers and Fur


Meet the hyena cousins as they crunch on bones, play with baby flamingos and dig beneath the ground with naked mole rats. The best and most exciting mammal and bird moments are captured in this episode as we explore behind the scenes to visit our furry and feathered friends!


Flippers and Scales


More than 75% of Riverbanks animals have flippers and scales-- We have over 450 reptiles and more than 830 fish! From incubating baby spitting cobra eggs to training “Big Boy” the alligator—Riverbanks Zoo has reptile, fish and invertebrate care at the top of our to do list!  Join Riverbanks Staff as we dive into the deep to feed our fish and explore the secret reptile rooms at Riverbanks Zoo!


Flippers and Scales


More than 75% of Riverbanks animals have flippers and scales…there are over 450 reptiles and more than 830 fish! From incubating baby spitting cobra eggs to training “Big Boy” the alligator, Riverbanks Zoo has reptile, fish and invertebrate care at the top of the “To Do” list.


Green Animals


Animals are truly Eco-Friendly!  Join the Zoo Keepers at Riverbanks to discover how animals support our planet.  See vultures fly, sharks swim and bees buzz to make our home a colorful, healthy and an exciting place to share with your animal friends! 


History of Riverbanks


Take a walk back in time with Zoo Director Satch Krantz as we explore the history of our outstanding zoo and garden, looking at historical footage as we hear from staff that helped grow the zoo. Did you know there is actually one flamingo that is the only original animal still with us from when the zoo opened its gates over 35 years ago!


South Carolina–Wild Animals Are All Around You


 We’ll explore the zoo to find the animals that live right here in our state. Experts at the zoo will join host Katie Mixon as we venture on a nature walk, visit the aquarium and meet a herpetologist!


Telling Tails


How do animals use their tails? Sometimes they use them for protection or defense. They use them to facilitate movement and balance, too. Join us to meet interesting animals such as a Yellow-fin Snapper, a Lemur and a Tamarin to see what we can tell about them from their tails!


Unappreciated Animals


What is the role of a specific animal in our ecosystem? When you look, you’ll find that each animal has a job, making it an important part of the overall “puzzle” of nature!  Join us as we take a look at hyenas, starfish and giraffes to see how they each play an important role.


Zoo Yuck-ology


Things that make your go ewwwww…

Zoo animals do some seemingly icky things to survive and we’ll investigate some of these in this program.


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