Visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

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Visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

August 21 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden invites guests to experience the rarest of celestial shows at the wildest place in Columbia 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.”

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, plus celebrate the big event with a glow party in the Zoo’s main plaza.

Admission requires a current Riverbanks Society membership or general admission ticket.


August 21
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, 29210


Riverbanks Zoo and Garden