Know Our Stars

Busch Gardens® Tampa is one of the largest zoos in North America, with more than 12,000 animals representing 250 species and more than 30 threatened and endangered species in the park’s various animal habitats.

Busch Gardens brings guests face-to-face with more exotic and endangered animals than any destination outside of Africa, right here in Tampa, Florida. Keeper talks, interpretive exhibits and impromptu animal encounters on sidewalks are just some of the ways guests have the opportunity to learn about the animals in the parks’ care. 

Find out more about Busch Gardens® Tampa's history in animal care.

Cheetahs

Watch nature’s fastest and most agile predator as it races across Cheetah Run.

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Hyenas

Venture into Edge of Africa to see Busch Gardens® Tampa’s clan of spotted hyenas.

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Lemurs

Head over to Edge of Africa or Jambo Junction to check out these tree-dwelling primates play in their habitat.

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Meerkats

To get an up-close look at Busch Gardens® Tampa's masked wonders, otherwise known as meerkats, stop by Edge of Africa near Crown Colony.

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Peacocks

Busch Gardens’ peacocks are free-roaming around the park, but you can usually find them near the Bird Gardens area.

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Elephants

Check out the Animal Care Wall in the Nairobi section of the park to see the largest land mammal get a physical!

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Flamingos

More than 200 of these beautiful and colorful birds call Busch Gardens home.

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Giraffes

Look up and see nature’s tallest animal on a Serengeti Safari or from the Serengeti Express train ride.

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Chimpanzees

View chimpanzees at Myombe Reserve and see how similar these social creatures are to humans.

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Orangutans

Travel to Jungala to see Bornean orangutans swing and climb on overhead “o-rings.”

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Zebras

It’s true that no two zebras have the same stripe patterns, see if you can spot the differences on the Serengeti Plain.

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Alligators

Watch the Florida native, the American alligator sun bath in the coastal exhibit lining the walkways to Morocco.

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Kangaroos

Hop over to Walkabout Way to hand-feed Busch Gardens’ mob of red and western grey kangaroos!

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Hippos

Learn more about one Africa’s most interesting and misunderstood animals, the hippo in Edge of Africa.

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Lions

See Busch Gardens' pride of lions in Edge of Africa.

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Lion Cubs

Three adorable lion cubs are now at Edge of Africa at various times at Busch Gardens® Tampa.

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Tigers

See the Busch Gardens' Tigers in Jungala.

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Rhinos

You’ll see two different species of rhinos at Busch Gardens Tampa and learn how to spot their unique characteristics.

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Gorillas

Come face-to-face with the social gorillas at Myombe Reserve and see how similar these amazing great apes are to the human species.

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The Wildlife Docs

THE WILDLIFE DOCS is a NEW TV show that will introduce you to the 12,000 exotic animals who inhabit Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, and the select men and women who care for them.

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