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Riverbanks Zoo named one of North America’s best

Eight-month-old Greyson Garrett is approached by Maverick, one of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s new sea lions, Monday, May 16, 2016. Zoo members got a special look at the new Sea Lion Landing home to four male sea lions and a male harbor seal.
Eight-month-old Greyson Garrett is approached by Maverick, one of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s new sea lions, Monday, May 16, 2016. Zoo members got a special look at the new Sea Lion Landing home to four male sea lions and a male harbor seal. online@thestate.com

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden was named the seventh best zoo in North America, according to a USA TODAY Readers’ Choice ranking.

The newspaper lauded the Columbia zoo’s “naturalistic habitats free of bars and cages,” according to the ranking. It also mentioned Riverbanks award-winning breeding programs.

Over the last year, Riverbanks has welcomed several new additions as their animals birthed two litters of lion cubs, a gorilla and Rockhopper pengins.

Other zoos that made the list were Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, the Saint Louis Zoo, the Fort Worth Zoo and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, made famous by Fiona the hippo.

The Columbia zoo is far from a new guest on the newspaper’s readers’ choice awards list. In the past, it has been ranked the best attraction in South Carolina.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.
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