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As the social needs of chimpanzees are better understood, we realize the need to increase our chimp colony from 3 to 7 individuals. Through construction and building modification we can accomplish this. Your help is absolutely essential if we are to make a better home for our chimp friends. Jack, Sarah & Scooter send their sincerest “hoots” and backslaps in thanks.



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Animal adoptions are a great way to support the Riverside Discovery Center.
Your adoption funds go towards the care and feeding of your animal for one year and make a great gift for family and friends.  There are four tiers of adoption with increased benefits per tier.

Tier one: $25.00- You will receive a certificate of adoption.
Tier two:  $50.00- You will receive a letter from the zookeepers about your animal and a certificate of adoption.
Tier three:  $100.00- You will receive a 5×7 picture of your animal, a letter from the zookeepers and a certificate of adoption.
Tier four:  $250.00- You will receive 2 tickets to the zoo for a personal talk from a staff member about your animal, plus all the benefits of tier three.

Adoptions do not mean you get to take your animal home (or can interact with it in any way)… it is just a great way to help support the zoo!  :)

Any animal is open for adoption in any tier.
Just fill out the form (can be found below) and drop it off at the zoo gift shop.

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Riverside Discovery Center will be celebrating International Tiger Day Wednesday July 29, 2015. Their two Amur tigers will receive exciting enrichment for the public to observe when RDC opens at 9:30. Riverside staff will be talking about tiger conservation with the public, and will have several tiger activities to engage children about these magnificent creatures as well. “We will also have an exciting announcement about the future of our tiger exhibit,” said executive director Anne James.

“International Tiger Day is an annual observance aimed at raising awareness of the importance of tiger conservation. Here at Riverside Discovery Center we are proud of our two resident Amur tigers, and are excited to celebrate them with the public,” said Amber Schiltz, education curator.

The global observance was established in 2010 at the International Tiger Forum that took place in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The International Tiger Forum was the world’s first “tiger summit”, and led to the adoption of the Global Tiger Recovery Program. The anniversary of its adoption was declared International Tiger Day. The observance focuses on raising public awareness of tiger conservation issues, and promoting the protection of their ever dwindling habitat.

The tiger is the largest cat species on Earth. Over the past century, tigers have lost more than 90% of their historic range. At the start of the 20th century, the global population of tigers in the wild was estimated at 100,000 individuals, while as few as 3,200 exist in the wild today, scattered among 13 countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Habitat loss aside, the tiger’s most prominent threat to its survival is poaching. According to World Wildlife Fund, every part of the tiger, from the whisker to the tail, is traded in illegal wildlife markets. The high price and demand for tiger parts is driven by traditional medicine, folk remedies and as a status symbol among some Asian cultures.

With continued support for global cooperation and conservation, there is still hope.  According to World Wildlife Fund census results in Russia, the highly endangered Amur tiger population rose as much as 10% in the last 10 years.

“I am pleased to see that the number of Amur tigers in Russia has increased in all the key areas where WWF has been working for many years,” said Igor Chestin, Head of WWF-Russia. “This success is due to the commitment of Russia’s political leadership and the tireless dedication of rangers and conservationists in very difficult conditions.”

With only 3,200 wild tigers left, there are now more tigers in captivity than in the wild. “Although we are honored to have two of these amazing creatures here at Riverside Discovery Center, we hope that by raising awareness and educating the public about the plight of these beautiful animals, we can prevent the idea of tigers being just a zoo exhibit or distant legend, and they can once again flourish in their native habitat.”


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