Educational Programs at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
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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

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

Flamingos

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.


See the Aardvark at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Aardvarks

Aardvarks can be found in all regions throughout Africa, from dry savannas to rain forests. Being a nocturnal animal, aardvarks will spend the hot African afternoon holed up in cool underground burrows dug with their powerful feet and claws. Aardvarks can dig 2 feet in 15 seconds! Although they are powerful diggers, if the soil is too hard they will move to areas where the digging is easier. Fun fact: the name Aardvark comes from South Africa’s Afrikaans language and means “earth pig!”

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