Riverbanks Zoo and Garden invites guests to experience the rarest of celestial shows at the wildest place in Columbia, SC, during the much-anticipated total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.
Columbia, which is in the direct path of the eclipse and considered one of the best viewing cities, is expected to go completely dark for about 2 ½ minutes at 2:41pm. And as you might imagine, many are wondering how this phenomenon will affect the Zoo’s nearly 2,000 animals.
“We’re simply not sure whether the solar eclipse will have any impact on our animals,” said Elizabeth Clemens, director of education at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. “While there is limited scientific evidence linking the two, we do encourage those who are curious to visit the Zoo and see for themselves.” Riverbanks is working with local researchers and scientists at NASA to develop a plan for scientific observation of animal behavior.
Guests who might capture any unusual actions are invited to personally document their observations and share on Riverbanks’ social media channels—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
The Zoo also is planning a few special activities leading up to the out of this world occurrence. Encounter animal ambassadors up-close, check out animal enrichment at select exhibits, enjoy an interactive craft, or watch the eclipse from one of the Zoo’s many unique viewpoints.
Riverbanks is expecting large crowds throughout the weekend of August 18-20 as well as on Monday, August 21, so guests are advised to arrive early for the best guest experience.
Admission requires a current Riverbanks membership or a general admission ticket, which can be purchased online in advance and is good for one visit up to one year from the date of purchase.