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Published on June 8th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Long-time Zoo Director’s Legacy Fundamental in the Future of Saving Species

Riverbanks Recognizes Palmer “Satch” Krantz III for His Leadership and Commitment to Conservation.

[Columbia, SC] – Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is pleased to announce the renaming of its conservation fund in honor of the Zoo’s retiring President and CEO Palmer “Satch” Krantz III. The fund has been renamed the Satch Krantz Conservation Fund.

Under Krantz’s leadership, the Riverbanks Conservation Support Fund (CSF) was established in 1996 by the Riverbanks Society. Since its inception, the CSF has provided nearly $1 million in grant funding to conservation biologists working at the Zoo and beyond the banks to safeguard the world’s wildlife and wild places. The fund was renamed as a tribute to Krantz for his 44 years of outstanding service and his passion for saving species.

Krantz began his tenure at Riverbanks in 1973 and was promoted to executive director (now president and CEO) in 1976. His knowledge and guidance have been instrumental in the Zoo’s success and Riverbanks’ role as a global leader in wildlife conservation.

Krantz also received the highest civilian honor in the State of South Carolina. The Order of the Palmetto was awarded to Krantz by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and presented by U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson, South Carolina Senator Nikki Setzler, South Carolina Representative James Smith and South Carolina Representative Beth Bernstein in recognition of Krantz’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the state. The Order of the Palmetto was first awarded in 1971 by Governor John C. West.

About Riverbanks Society: Established in 1976 by a group of concerned citizens, Riverbanks Society continues today as the private, nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization supporting the needs of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Society has evolved from an original membership base of 200 households to nearly 43,000 households today, representing nearly 200,000 individuals and boasting one of the largest zoo societies per capita in the United States. Riverbanks Society members and donors provide important resources for the research, education and conservation efforts of the Zoo and Garden, strengthening Riverbanks’ position within the community as the premier family choice for education and recreation.

About Riverbanks Zoo and Garden: For more than 40 years, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has connected individuals, families and groups with the world’s wildlife and wild places. Riverbanks is a special purpose district governed by the Riverbanks Park Commission, which consists of seven members, two appointed by Richland County Council, two by Lexington County Council, two by the City of Columbia, and one jointly by the three entities. It is the mission of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden to foster appreciation and concern for all living things. Riverbanks Zoo is located at 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210. The Botanical Garden entrance is located at 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia, SC 29169. The park is open daily from 9am to 5pm, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Admission is $15.95 for adults, $13.50 for children ages 2 – 12 and free for children younger than 2. Group rates and other discounts may apply. Year-round membership packages are also available. For more information, call Riverbanks at 803.779.8717, visit or


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