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Riverbanks zoo pt 1

African lions were once found throughout the entire continent but, currently, there are only fragmented populations in western, northeastern, eastern and southern Africa primarily in national parks and game reserves

African lions were once found throughout the entire continent but, currently, there are only fragmented populations in western, northeastern, eastern and southern Africa primarily in national parks and game reserves

I tend to associate baboons with central Africa but the Hamadryas baboons are the only species that ranges from the horn of Africa to the Arabian peninsula (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia)

I tend to associate baboons with central Africa but the Hamadryas baboons are the only species that ranges from the horn of Africa to the Arabian peninsula (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia)

Grizzly bears are on the endangered species list partly because females have very few offspring over the course of a lifetime (moms don't have their first cubs until they are about 7 years old then have a litter of less than 2 cubs every 4 years)

Grizzly bears are on the endangered species list partly because females have very few offspring over the course of a lifetime (moms don't have their first cubs until they are about 7 years old then have a litter of less than 2 cubs every 4 years)

Native to Australia, NZ and far SE Asia, lorikeets don't eat seeds like most other birds; rather, they are possessed of a very agile, brush-like tongue for collecting nectar and pollen

Native to Australia, NZ and far SE Asia, lorikeets don't eat seeds like most other birds; rather, they are possessed of a very agile, brush-like tongue for collecting nectar and pollen

Captive Galapagos tortoises can live up to 177 years and are the largest living species of tortoise, with some Galápagos tortoises weighing 900  lbs; they are critically endangered so best to visit the Galapagos and support efforts to bolster their ranks

Captive Galapagos tortoises can live up to 177 years and are the largest living species of tortoise, with some Galápagos tortoises weighing 900+ lbs; they are critically endangered so best to visit the Galapagos and support efforts to bolster their ranks

After feeding giraffes in Africa this way I asked if it was OK here and was told no one had ever done it before; the giraffe was a little reluctant at first but decided to cooperate for my photo

After feeding giraffes in Africa this way I asked if it was OK here and was told no one had ever done it before; the giraffe was a little reluctant at first but decided to cooperate for my photo

Riverbanks’ Walled Garden was the first section of the Botanical Garden to open to the public in 1995; this pleasant garden is composed of several smaller themed gardens and contains the majority of Riverbanks’ collection of plant species

Riverbanks’ Walled Garden was the first section of the Botanical Garden to open to the public in 1995; this pleasant garden is composed of several smaller themed gardens and contains the majority of Riverbanks’ collection of plant species

Waterfall Junction was the most popular area of the botanical garden on this warm July 4th; I felt sorry for the parents since the kids' areas of the zoo and the gardens were very far apart

Waterfall Junction was the most popular area of the botanical garden on this warm July 4th; I felt sorry for the parents since the kids' areas of the zoo and the gardens were very far apart

The red, white and blue garden was perfect for this July 4th; Fort Jackson (named after Andrew and in Columbia) is the largest initial entry training center in the US Army, training 50% of all soldiers and 60% of the women entering the Army each year

The red, white and blue garden was perfect for this July 4th; Fort Jackson (named after Andrew and in Columbia) is the largest initial entry training center in the US Army, training 50% of all soldiers and 60% of the women entering the Army each year

If I was with friends then the Saluda River would have made for a refreshing destination; the river forms in the NC mountains near the town of Saluda and travels 200 miles to the Atlantic (becoming the Congaree River in Columbia and then the Santee River)

If I was with friends then the Saluda River would have made for a refreshing destination; the river forms in the NC mountains near the town of Saluda and travels 200 miles to the Atlantic (becoming the Congaree River in Columbia and then the Santee River)

In June 2016 a new sea lion exhibit opened, modeled after San Francisco's Pier 39, which contains harbor seals and noisy California sea lions; the large underwater viewing area was nice

In June 2016 a new sea lion exhibit opened, modeled after San Francisco's Pier 39, which contains harbor seals and noisy California sea lions; the large underwater viewing area was nice

This white-faced saki monkey, native to NE South America, really wanted to escape; they live around 14 years in their natural habitat and have been recorded to live up to 36 years in captivity

This white-faced saki monkey, native to NE South America, really wanted to escape; they live around 14 years in their natural habitat and have been recorded to live up to 36 years in captivity

The cute, endangered Matschie's tree-kangaroo is native to the NE corner of New Guinea island; the gestation period lasts about 44.2 days, which is the longest for any of the marsupials (joeys first stick their head out of the pouch at roughly 22 weeks)

The cute, endangered Matschie's tree-kangaroo is native to the NE corner of New Guinea island; the gestation period lasts about 44.2 days, which is the longest for any of the marsupials (joeys first stick their head out of the pouch at roughly 22 weeks)

The vulnerable swan goose has a natural breeding range in inland Mongolia, northernmost China, and southeastern Russia; it is migratory and winters mainly in central and eastern China

The vulnerable swan goose has a natural breeding range in inland Mongolia, northernmost China, and southeastern Russia; it is migratory and winters mainly in central and eastern China

You really see how huge the king penguins (similar but slightly smaller than emperor penguins) are when standing next to rockhopper penguins; on foraging trips, king penguins repeatedly dive to 100m, and have been recorded at depths greater than 300m

You really see how huge the king penguins (similar but slightly smaller than emperor penguins) are when standing next to rockhopper penguins; on foraging trips, king penguins repeatedly dive to 100m, and have been recorded at depths greater than 300m

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