In 1969 when SCE&G entered into an agreement with the City of Columbia to lease 108 acres for $1 a year, it was a deal that provided fuel for what would become one of the top-ranked zoos in the nation. Today Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina is home to more than 2,000 magnificent and fascinating animals.

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It’s also home to one of the nation's most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens, developed in part due to another deal with SCE&G in which an additional 70 acres was leased to the city’s park commission for development of the Gardens. SCE&G also provided a cash donation, and continues to provide support for numerous zoo projects.