Educational Programs at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Animal Connections

Connect with a variety of our famous animal ambassadors

See animals up-close.

Animal Connections is the hub for up-close animal interactions and real-world conservation opportunities. Guests of all ages can connect with animal ambassadors, hand feed flamingos and observe the natural behaviors of exotic species while learning how the park and the SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens® Conservation Fund protect their counterparts in the wild.

  • Sloths at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


    Sloths are tree-dwelling animals known for their slow-moving lifestyle. Native to Central and South American rain forests, sloths are well adapted for living high in trees due to their uniquely large nails on their hands and feet that allow them to hang from branches. Sloths spend almost their entire life upside down in the trees. They eat, sleep, mate and give birth from this position hanging high among the branches. Sloths are herbivores, which mean they eat a plant-based diet.

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  • Flamingos at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


    Our unique flock of about 20 flamingos at Animal Connections are hand-raised animal ambassadors who participate in educational programs and travel with our team of Animal Care Specialists as they help spread messages of conservation both inside and outside of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

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