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Jun 22, 2013
Tampa, FL
New for 2014, the Animal Care Center Behind the Scenes tour takes guests behind the glass at the state of the art center. If you've seen Wildlife Docs on television, this 75 minute tour shows you exactly where many of the procedures featured on the program occur. Price for the tour is $29 + tax per person, and pass member discounts do apply. Tours are generally offered daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

While there are no guarantees, tour guests may see a live treatment/procedure while on the tour, so discretion is advised. Guests are more likely to see a treatment on the earlier tour, as most procedures are scheduled earlier in the day.

From the park's website:

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.

The experience's restriction/disclaimers:

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.

For more information, or to make reservations, visit the park's website.
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