Honor Australia Day in Bird Gardens with special keeper talks and moreJanuary 24, 2020
Join the Busch Gardens Zoo Team in Bird Gardens for special keeper talks, animal meet & greets, and feeding interactions.
January 26, 2020 | 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is home to many Australian animal species. As a testament to our continued support of the continent that is home to so many beloved animals, we are hosting special keeper talks, animal meet & greets, and feeding interactions on Australia Day, January 26, in Bird Gardens. With these special interactions we hope to provide awareness of the animals that are being impacted by the devastating wildfires and how your continued support of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund is helping to support countries in these times of hardship.
We invite you to stop by during your visit on Sunday to learn more about the Conservation Fund, Minton Fund, and animals being impacted during the following times:
11:00 a.m. - Meet Rooxy, one of our animal ambassadors and young kangaroos at Xcursions Lawn
1:00 p.m. - Keeper Talk in the Kookaburra’s Aviary
1:30 p.m. - Meet a Carpet Python at Walkabout Way
2:00 p.m. - Meet a Palm Cockatoo at Lory Landing
Check times at Walkabout Way and Lory Landing for Keeper Talks and feedings throughout the day.
Ambassadors at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks are donating their time to help rescued animals. Team members at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are working to create pouches for injured animals that have been rescued. Australia has the largest variety of marsupials in the world. These mammals raise their young in their pouch-which keeps them safe and warm. Many of the rescued animals that need the most care are babies. These pouches simulate the mother’s pouch and are the best way to care for these tiny marsupials.
In addition, The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund recently issued an emergency animal crisis grant to the Minton Farm Animal Rescue Centre located in South Australia to assist with wildlife rescue efforts during this crisis. The Conservation Fund has provided support to wildlife and rescue organizations in Australia since 2005 including previous fire related emergencies. Guests visiting Busch Gardens can support the Conservation Fund for future granting opportunities by rounding-up at most points of purchase in the park. Or click here to learn more about donating directly to Minton Farm.
A year of record breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have fueled a series of devastating bushfires across Australia. Lives, properties, assets, livestock and wildlife have all become victims. To date an estimated 15 million acres have burned and 1 billion animals have been lost. Minton Farm is on the forefront of wildlife rescue and support efforts in South Australia, including hundreds of species left injured and homeless on Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills region.
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund recently issued an emergency animal crisis grant to Minton Farm Animal Rescue Centre to assist in animal rescue and welfare efforts in the wake of the disastrous bushfires burning throughout Australia. Guests can support the Fund for future granting opportunities by rounding-up at most points of purchase in the park, including at Walkabout Way and Lory Landing.