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Keeper for a Day Tours


Go behind-the-scenes to meet our Animal Care Specialists and observe how they care for these incredible animals.

Go behind-the-scenes and get a crash course in Zoo Keeping 101! The Keeper for a Day program gives you the opportunity to experience one of the coolest careers in the world - be an Animal Care Specialist at Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay. With one of Busch Gardens' staff, you'll learn the necessary skills to care for exotic and endangered species from all over the world. Get an insider’s look into what makes our Animal Ambassadors so famous!


ANIMAL AMBASSADOR TOUR - Get up-close to flamingos, sloths, tortoises and more while you help us feed and care for these amazing animals.

ELEPHANT TOUR - Go behind the scenes to see firsthand how our animal care team feeds, trains and works with the majestic Asian elephants daily.

PENGUIN AND REPTILE TOUR - Visit African Penguins, giant Aldabra Tortoises, and more with the expert animal care specialists that care for these fan favorite species.


All Keeper for a Day Tours Include:

  • Up-close Animal Encounters
  • Chats with Animal Care Specialists
  • 4 hour behind-the-scenes walking tour (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
  • A personalized name tag


Reservations are required as space is limited.


Guests will park their vehicle in the preferred parking and meet the tour guide at the main entrance. Check-in will begin at 15 minutes prior to the reservation time. The program fee is non-refundable; however the program will be rescheduled when possible. Please keep in mind if you arrive late you may not be able to join the program.


For the safety of our Guests, Park Ambassadors, and our animals, Busch Gardens has taken extra steps to ensure your tour experience is safe and worry free:

  • All participants will be given the opportunity to sanitize their hands during the program.
  • Due to safety restrictions all participants must be at least 13 years old.
  • All guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult. A parent/guardian must purchase program admission and accompany participants under the age of 18. Anyone under the age of 18 booked without a paid adult may have their reservation cancelled.
  • Reservations are booked on a per person basis, additional guests may be added for an additional fee. Each tour has a maximum capacity of 3 guests.
  • If you have any questions or need to adjust your reservation, please call (813) 884-4FUN(4386)