Governor McMaster celebrates at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

April 24, 2024

Governor Henry McMaster will join Zoo leaders to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. In anticipation of the upcoming Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Day (May 1, 2024) in South Carolina, the Governor will present a proclamation.

Henry McMaster, Governor of South Carolina
Tommy Stringfellow, President and CEO of Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Friday, April 26, 2024 | 10:30am

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, 500 Wildlife Pkwy Columbia, SC 29210

10:10AM – Riverbanks guests arrive.
10:20AM – Governor McMaster arrives.
10:30AM – Tommy Stringfellow remarks begin.
10:40AM – Governor McMaster remarks begin.
10:50AM – Governor’s proclamation is read.
11:00AM – 11:10AM – Media access for questions or One on One’s.
11:15AM – Governor will transition to tour of Darnall W. and Susan F. Boyd Aquarium & Reptile Conservation Center.

*Provisional Agenda – subject to change.


Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 3,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of America’s best public gardens. The Zoo opened on April 25, 1974, and for five decades has connected individuals, families and school children with the natural world. Riverbanks is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in animal care and welfare, education, recreation, science and wildlife conservation. It is the mission of the Zoo and Garden to create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on wildlife and wild places. For more information, visit