BUSCH GARDENS® TAMPA BAY CELEBRATES VISIT A ZOO DAY WELCOMING GUESTS TO SEE THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES UP CLOSE AND LEARN MORE ABOUT ONGOING CONSERVATION EFFORTS
• Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is an accredited zoological facility where guests can see many endangered species up close including rhinos, cheetahs, gorillas, and tigers
• The Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has provided millions in financial grants and support to organizations focused on protecting land animals and their natural habitats
ORLANDO, FL (December 27, 2021) – Busch Gardens invites guests to celebrate Visit a Zoo Day today by seeing and learning more about the many species of threatened and endangered animals cared for at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. An accredited zoological facility, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay offers guests the opportunity to see more than 200 species up close, including by gazing at roaming herds of African animals in a trek across the 65-acre Serengeti Plain on an open-air touring vehicle or by riding the Serengeti Express train. As part of its commitment to conservation, The Busch Gardens Conservation Fund is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit private foundation that provides financial support for grassroots conservation projects that are truly making a difference in wildlife species research, habitat protection, conservation education, animal rescue and rehabilitation.
Every day is Visit a Zoo Day for our animal care teams and our park visitors,” said Dr. Chris Dold, Chief Zoological Officer at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “Our zoos are home to many threatened and endangered species expertly cared for by our experienced zoological staff. We welcome the public to join us and learn more about the animals and how every person can make a difference in helping protect these majestic creatures.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay invites families and children of all ages to visit these very special species that include:
• Guam Kingfisher: The Guam Kingfisher has been extinct in the wild since 1986 and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is home to one of the few breeding pairs in the country.
• Bornean Orangutan: Jungala at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay enables guests to observe these critically endangered species in their habitat. Bornean orangutans typically live in the trees in the tropical island rain forests, lowland swamps or in the mountains of Borneo.
• Eastern Black Rhinoceros: Black rhinos weigh 1,000 to 3,000 pounds and guests can see and learn more about these critically endangered species and how our conservation efforts protect them at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Guests can reserve a private truck for an off-road wildlife safari to get an up-close encounter with these magnificent animals.
In addition to caring for a diverse population of animals, Busch Gardens Tampa has a state-of-the-art animal hospital that provides medical care and treatment for more than 200 species with a dedicated staff of dozens of veterinarians and animal care specialists. The Animal Care Center is open daily for the public to view animal care.
Busch Gardens Tampa is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) that performs facility inspections and evaluates education and conservation programs and has earned the Humane Certified™ seal from American Humane, the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare.
Busch Gardens Conservation Fund
Since 2003, the fund has provided support for hundreds of organizations focused on animal and habitat conservation. Fund recipients receive financial grants and can access the large and diverse collection of animals in Busch Gardens parks to study, learn and apply findings to populations in the wild. Grant recipients also benefit from the experienced resources of the parks, from animal specialists to veterinarians and nutritionists, to researchers and scientists, that consult and collaborate on animal care and field research. Some programs supported previously include reintroducing cheetahs to their native ranges in Namibia, hiring guards to protect elephants from poachers, and more.
Special Deals for Park Guests for a Limited Time
For Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, guests purchasing a 2022 Busch Gardens Fun Card will receive park admission to visit starting today through the end of 2022 for $119.99. Guests can purchase an Annual Pass for unlimited visits and unbeatable benefits ranging from no blackout dates, up to six free guest tickets, and exclusive monthly rewards for 2022. The Annual Pass is organized in easy-to-use tiers, and includes one-park, two-park Busch Gardens and Adventure Island Passes, and the popular Florida four-park options, allowing guests to choose the pass, benefits and the parks that are the best fit.
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About Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Busch Gardens is a unique blend of thrilling rides, AZA accredited zoo with thousands of animals representing more than 200 species, and exciting seasonal events all year providing unrivaled experiences for guests of every age. For more information, visit www.BuschGardensTampa.com. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world.