Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

February 14, 2008 11:31:15 AM PST
With a nearly 50-year history of caring for animals and the environment, Busch Gardens is creating the park's newest adventure - an exotic jungle where discovery and exploration invite guests to connect with the world around them. In spring 2008, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will open Jungala - its newest and most ambitious park enhancement project to date. Set in the Congo area, the 4-acre attraction will invite guests to discover exotic creatures, explore a village hidden deep in the jungle and connect with the inhabitants of the lush landscape through up-close animal interactions, multi-story family play areas, rides and live entertainment.

From atop the tallest trees or beneath the jungle floor, guests will be completely immersed in the animals' world. Multi-tiered habitats allow visitors to connect with two of the world's most endangered species - Bengal tigers and orangutans. Treetop observation platforms are the perfect vantage point to watch orangutans within their family groups or resting in a specially designed tree house. Subterranean caves and underwater windows offer a clear view of tigers swimming in their temperature-controlled plunge pool, while natural bridges and bamboo screens bring guests closer to these predators than ever before.

Red-Ruffed Lemur

  • All lemurs are endangered and are only found on the island of Madagascar.
  • Red-Ruffed Lemurs are usually about 2 feet long and have tails that are an additional 2 feet in length.
  • Lemurs tend to be very active and will swing and jump from tree to tree.
  • Tamandua

  • Tamanduas are a smaller species of anteater that are found in forests and grasslands in Central and South America.
  • Tamanduas have partially prehensile tails that allow them to hang from trees.
  • Their tongues can reach up to 40 cm in length.
  • Ball Python

  • Found in West & Central Africa
  • Adults can grow up to 5 ft.
  • Pixie Frog (African Bull Frog)

  • Pixie frogs are the largest frog in South Africa.
  • They are carnivorous and will eat anything that fits in their mouth.
  • For more information visit buschgardens.com.