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.