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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s exhibits feature all manner of animal, both big and small. The park recommends visiting most animal enclosures early in the day or at dusk, when many animals are out and most active. Amazing animals from Australia to Africa can be seen at every turn.
Bird Gardens and Lory Landing
With some 500 birds from around the world, this tropical oasis immerses visitors in wildlife. 250 flamingos are featured in this exhibit, providing amble photo opportunities in a mass of pink feathers. This exhibit also includes feeding opportunities, enabling even more interaction with the birds. The Lory Landing exhibit is also nearby. This immersive experience allows visitors to become part of the exhibit by purchasing fruit nectar and watching as the brightly-colored lorikeets flock to their hands to feed.
Showcasing the speed and agility of the world’s fastest animal, Cheetah Run is a must see for visitors. The unique set up of the enclosure provides guests with an eye-level point of view with these fast cats. Animal educators are available at the exhibit and can provide information on the animals, as well as specific times of the day when the cats will be racing and running. For those seeking a bit more thrill, the Cheetah Hunt roller coaster can also be found nearby.
Featuring various kinds of nocturnal animals, Curiosity Cavern showcases reclusive creatures. These include fruit bats, bushbabies, mongoose lemurs, pixie frogs, gila monsters and more, including the only milk snake in the park. This is the ideal place for visitors to find out what goes bump in the night. Located in the Nairobi area of the Park, Curiosity Cavern is near the enclosure for warm water penguins and the Park’s elephants.
Edge of Africa
With some of Busch Garden’s most recognizable animals, Edge of Africa is an exhibit with much to offer. Animals here include lions, hyenas, lemurs, meerkats, crocodiles, hippopotami, and the ever-menacing lappet-faced vultures. This exhibit features both keeper talks and opportunities for visitors to see the animals up close. It is recommended to view this particular exhibit in the morning or at dusk, as these are the times when the animals are most active.
Nearby to the Edge of Africa, guests can visit Jambo Junction. Visitors at this exhibit to get up close with the Park’s animal ambassadors, and perhaps even feed some of them. Featuring sloths, lemurs, opossums, Caribbean flamingos and more, this exhibit provides an interactive experience with some of the Park’s most interesting animals.
There is much to see and experience in the Jungala area of the park, from exotic animals to rollercoasters to abundant shopping. Animals in this exhibit include orangutans, Bengal tigers and more. Guests can book the Tiger Insider Tour, a 30 minute walking tour during which participants observe keeper training methods and learn about the Park’s involvement in tiger conservation. Jungala also features some exciting adventures, including zip lines, a rope and bridge maze, and the Wild Surge Ride.
Showcasing chimpanzees and gorillas, Myombe Reserve gives visitors the opportunity to get up close with the Park’s primates. Keeper talks are available throughout the day, to provide guests with more information on the apes, their care and habits. Situated in the Morocco area of the park, there is plentiful shopping and dining nearby.
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