Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay adds two new animal encounter experiences

In addition to riding Tigris, Florida’s tallest launch coaster, guests at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay can now enjoy new experiences this summer with rhinos and sloths. Reservations are now accepted for the sloth encounter and rhino encounter – two new programs that take guests behind the scenes to spend quality time with their favorite animals. Each tour provides the opportunity to learn more about the renowned animal care at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with hands-on activities.

Sloth Encounter (above): Fans can take it slow with the animal care team as they get up close with one of Busch Gardens’ amazing sloths. The behind-the-scenes 30-minute tour of Animal Connections provides guests the opportunity to see where the resident sloths like to hang out as they learn about their unique diets by helping to feed one of the world-famous sloths. This inside look also includes hands-on opportunities alongside the keepers who provide daily sloth care.

Rhino Encounter: Get “nose to ‘rhinose'” with one of the largest land animals in the world. This tour embarks on a 45-minute off-road tour, getting closer than ever to the two species of rhino that call Busch Gardens Tampa Bay home. An expert guide will take guests behind-the-scenes to see the park’s animal care in action and have the opportunity to touch one of the park’s white rhinos. Then, the tour travels to the center of the 65-acre veldt to meet Jody, an endangered black rhino, for an opportunity to give her one of her favorite snacks. On this tour, guests will get an inside look at the healthcare and habitats of the resident rhinos and learn about current conservation efforts to protect these species in the wild.

These two new animal encounters are part of a dynamic line-up of 10 animal experiences now offered at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, including a comprehensive “Keeper for a Day” program.  From penguins and gorillas to elephants and tigers, park guests now have more options than ever to see their favorite animals up-close, making this season at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay the wildest summer ever.

Reservations are now being accepted for the two new tours, starting at $59.99 per person. Advance reservations are encouraged as space is limited on all tours. To book a reservation and learn more, call 813-884-4FUN (4386) or visit BuschGardensTampaBay.com.  Among many annual and monthly perks, Busch GardensTampa Bay Pass Members receive a 10% discount on animal tours, including the new rhino and sloth encounters.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleimanhttp://wwww.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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