Animal Care Center Behind the Scenes

Get the insider experience of how our state of the art Animal Care Center takes care of over 12,000 animals and be immersed in the world of our Wildlife Docs.

Ever wonder how Busch Gardens® Tampa’s animal care team cares for the more than 12,000 animals that reside at the park? Now you can get the insider experience at our state-of-the-art Animal Care Center and be immersed in the veterinary world of one of North America’s largest and most respected zoological facilities. This 75-minute, “behind-the-scenes” tour will show you what happens when animal expertise is combined with passion.

You will get to see what the park’s veterinary and zoological staff does every day, including getting an in-depth look at the lifesaving treatments, comprehensive medical exams and enriching programs for some of Busch Gardens’ most popular animal residents, as seen on the hit TV series The Wildlife Docs! You’ll also get hands-on with some of the hi-tech tools and equipment at the Animal Care Center, including X-ray machines and microscopes. You’ll even get to try your hand at identifying radiographs (or X-rays) of some of Busch Gardens’ animals.

Through this insider tour, you will get a better understanding of what it takes to care for all of the animals that call Busch Gardens Tampa home.


$29 plus tax per person ages 8 and up to participate.


Content may not be suitable for some participants. Guests on tour may witness live medical procedures.

All programs are subject to availability. Park admission is required and is not included. Prices are subject to change without notice. Prices listed are per person and do not include tax. Must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Program components may vary.