Riverbanks Zoo joins new effort to save endangered species

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia is joining a new nationwide effort to protect endangered species from disappearing.

The zoo is one of more than 200 members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that are participating in the new SAFE program. SAFE stands for Saving Animals From Extinction.

Friday is Endangered Species Day and visitors coming to the zoo can take part in activities related to the program and find out how they can help.

During the first year of the program, SAFE will focus on efforts to save animals considered at the greatest risk of extinction. They include, among others, African penguins, Asian elephants, sharks, sea turtles and gorillas.