Busch Gardens to open a guest-friendly Animal Care & Nutrition Center

The two major components of the facility will be a nutrition center and treatment rooms, which will also feature recovery rooms, vet stations and research areas.


The nutrition center will resemble a kitchen set-up similar to what you would see on a cooking show, where zoo educators will lead demonstrations several times a day on the preparation that goes into the animals diets. This is where guests will have the chance to assist, by doling out the range of food the park provides its animals. Audio capabilities in the treatment rooms will allow guests to interact with the vets, and cameras placed over the exam table will show vantage points to those watching on monitors.


“We are proud of the care we provide our animals,” said Mike Boos, vice president of zoological operations. “We welcome the opportunity to share our level of care with our guests, and to continue our mission of connecting guests to animals and the natural world. No other zoological facility will offer the unique, up-close experience that this new facility will offer.”


click to enlarge Interior image of guest view toward surgery procedures. - Photo provided by Busch Gardens Tampa.
Photo provided by Busch Gardens Tampa.
Interior image of guest view toward surgery procedures.

click to enlarge Interior image of guest view toward surgery procedures. - Photo provided by Busch Gardens Tampa.
Photo provided by Busch Gardens Tampa.
Interior image of guest view toward surgery procedures.
  • Photo provided by Busch Gardens.
  • Interior image of guest view toward surgery procedures.

This winter, the Busch Gardens park in Tampa will be opening a new Animal Care & Nutrition Center that will welcome guests to closely observe and even participate in the animal care experience. Much of the park’s animal care, including nutrition, treatments, X-rays and surgeries will be conducted in this facility accessible to guests. The new building, approximately 16,000 square feet, will be located where the rhino exhibit currently resides.

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