Author: Sarah Katherine Shearin

Big news at Riverbanks Zoo! There are three new additions to its animal collection's male western lowland gorilla and two Caribbean flamingo chicks.

Ajari
Ajari, 12, is the first gorilla to make his home at the Zoo since the arrival of Mike, 28, and Chaka, 21, in 2004. Ajari was born at San Diego Zoo
Tune into C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3 this weekend, and you'll catch features on Columbia, SC, its rich history, culture, state and more.

Book TV in Columbia, South Carolina will air on C-SPAN2 and American History TV in Columbia, South Carolina on C-SPAN3, so there will be plenty of opportunities to explore
Student activists march on the South Carolina State House grounds in 1961. Photo courtesy of Cecil Williams
In 2012, the mayors of seven Southeastern cities, including Columbia, SC, decided to collaborate on a yearlong initiative to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement of
Welcome back, Malayan Tapir!

Photo courtesy of Ed Diebold, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden's newest resident is a little snooty -- and she "nose" it! Columbia, SC's zoo welcomes back the Malayan tapir, an original member of the Zoo's animal collection when the park opened.


TRAVEL
I've always heard that in order for the next 365 days to go well, you have to eat well on New Year's Day. Black-eyed peas, collards and cornbread are staples for a New Year's Day meal in the South.

Tradition has it that black-eyed peas will bring you prosperity, collard greens will bring you money