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Gorillas and Other Primates

From gorillas to gibbons, learn about primates throughout the park.


Visit our gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, lemurs and gibbons to learn more about these amazing animals and how you can help our conservation efforts. 

Gorillas at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


Visit Myombe Reserve® for an up-close look into the troop of the gorillas that call Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay home. Here, you’ll see the great ape’s natural behaviors like how gorillas construct “beds” of vegetation to sleep on at day’s end. Just like humans, gorillas have 32 teeth, individualized fingerprints and toe prints, opposing thumbs and even nails instead of claws!
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Bornean Orangutans at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


Unlike other great apes, orangutans are solitary by nature; this may be related to their need for large quantities of fruit, which are dispersed throughout the forest. Swing over to Jungala® to view the orangutans. Even though they are able to walk upright for short distances, orangutans travel mostly by brachiating (swinging from one branch to another by the arms) through trees.
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Chimpanzees at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


Chimpanzees are primates, the order of animals that includes other great apes (gorillas and orangutans), lemurs, bush babies, monkeys and humans. Chimps share several similar characteristics such as problem-solving abilities, parental care and various facial expressions. View these amazing animals at Myombe Reserve at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
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Ring-Tailed Lemurs at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


Wild lemurs are typically found in tropical rainforests and dry thorn brushes throughout Madagascar, but you can watch them play at the Edge of Africa® at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. A lemur, also known as a prosimian, is an active, tree-dwelling primate whose fur is soft and ranges in color from reddish brown to gray and black!

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See the Gibbon at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


With over a dozen recognized species of gibbons, these acrobatic mammals make swinging through the rainforest seem graceful. Having hook-shaped hands for grasping branches, powerful legs for propelling and gasping, and being tailless, Gibbons can travel through the jungle at up to 35 miles an hour, bridging gaps as wide as 50 feet with a single swinging leap. Gibbons are considered the most threatened primates on Earth, in fact, many species of gibbon are considered endangered or critically endangered. 

Swing over to Jungala to learn more about gibbons.