July 3, 2022

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Riverbanks Zoo seeking $80M from Richland County for improvements

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Riverbanks Zoo is hoping to do a further massive enhancement undertaking to generate a lot more house for new animals, visitor amenities, and a new overlook.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — “This has been in the works because 2017… We are really hoping the county approves it so we can proceed to increase our conservation endeavours.”

Riverbanks Zoo is seeking approval from Richland County for an $80 million greenback job termed Bridge to the Wild

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The project seeks to add an orangutan show, pathways and observation deck on the west campus, an expanded carousel plaza on the east campus, upgrade or replacement of tram process, upgrades to tiger exhibit, parking as effectively as improvements to customer features.

“We get about 2.5 million in tax payer dollars each yr,” said Community Relations director, Susan O’Cain.

Riverbanks says they are a massive tourism boost for Richland County and a person of the most frequented zoos in the southeast. 

O’cain suggests, this funding would help them continue on to convey people to the area, and assist strengthen the local economic system.

“We bring in countless numbers of company and millions of bucks every single yr, and constantly help the community economic system as a tourism vacation spot,” she defined. “With these advancements, we could make space for even far more attractions for men and women to arrive see.”

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County council was just introduced to the notion tonight and provided details in their particular person info packets.

“Riverbanks Zoo is trying to find funding for general improvements, and we will not be wanting at this right until June 7 but I wished to make you knowledgeable of it now,” said County Administrator, Leonardo Brown.

Brown does not count on any conclusions to be produced on this venture until late June or early July.

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