With major roller coasters and high-intensity thrill rides, many guests to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay also forget that it is one of the world’s most incredible and highly regarded zoos. Starting this Friday, the park’s Animal Care Center will be reopening to help guests remember that along with the incredible rides, animals are part of the Busch Gardens experience.

What’s Happening:

  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has announced that they plan to reopen the Animal Care Center at the park this Friday, July 9th.  
  • Annual Passholders will get an exclusive preview for the reopened Animal Care Center from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM with the opportunity for animal meet and greets, complimentary treats, and more.
  • The Animal Care Center at the park offers guests the chance to closely observe and even take part in the animal care experience. From nutrition to treatments, X-rays to surgeries, guests will once again be able to watch animal care first-hand in this state-of-the-art facility.
  • The Animal Care Center is also home to the hit Emmy-nominated TV series, The Wildlife Docs. The show takes viewers inside the work of zoological professionals, including Busch Gardens' own veterinarians and trainers.
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay cares for more than 200 species of animals. Their parent company, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment are world leaders in animal care, caring for one of the world's largest zoological collections of more than 60,000 animals in total. Each year, the animals at Busch Gardens eat about 1.4 million pounds of food, which works out to be 4,000 pounds daily. Our nutrition team modifies 60 percent of the animal diets every month to meet each animal's individual needs.
  • From fan-favorites to critically endangered species, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay provides world-class care to thousands of animals as one of North America’s largest zoos. Among many other esteemed accreditations, Busch Gardens has passed expert third-party audits to join fewer than two dozen facilities in the United States in earning the Humane Certified seal from American Humane, the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare. Guests also have the opportunity to venture through the unique naturalistic habitats, part of the reason why U.S. News & World Report named Busch Gardens Tampa Bay one of the best zoos in the country.