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Jun 22, 2013
Tampa, FL
Note - This experience is no longer listed as available on the park's website.

The Tiger and Orangutan Keeper Experience at Busch Gardens Tampa allows guests an opportunity to get hands-on experience in the care of the tigers and orangutans at the park. The 90 minute private group experience costs $199 + tax for up to six individuals in your party. Pass member discount of 10% does apply ($179.10 + tax for up to six people as a group). Obviously, the larger your party up to the maximum of six, the better per person cost it comes out to. The experience is not offered on Tuesdays, Fridays and most major holidays.

From the park's website:

Go behind the scenes at Jungala® for a fascinating Tiger and Orangutan Keeper Experience. See what it’s like to care for our Bengal tigers and Bornean orangutans. Help the zoo staff prepare the animals' food and perform routine health exams. Participate in an orangutan training session and take part in a unique up-close tiger experience.

Things to know before you go:
90-minute, behind-the-scenes, private experience for up to six people in your party
Tour through Jungala with zoo staff
See where animals sleep and are cared for
Take part in an orangutan training session and a unique tiger experience

Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Each reservation slot reserved can hold up to 6 people. Please call 1-888-800-5447 for more details or to reserve. Reservations can also be made prior to your visit at the Up-Close Adventure Center located in Busch Gardens® Tampa.

The experience's restrictions/disclaimers:

Program is subject to availability. Prices are subject to change without notice. Prices listed are for up to 6 people and do not include tax. All participants must be at least 10 years of age and 52 inches tall to participate. All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must be able to climb a flight of stairs, follow instructions and lift 15 lbs. Animal interactions and program components may vary. Park admission is not included and is required.

This experience is limited to 6 guests at a time. Due to the activities of this experience please wear sturdy foot wear. Park admission is required and is not included.

Advanced reservations must be made before day of visit. Tours must be cancelled a minimum of 48 hours in advance or total payment is forfeited. Tours are non-refundable if guests miss their tour time. If you have any questions or need to adjust your reservation please call the Contact Center at 1-888-800-5447.

All tours are subject to availability. All tour components and pricing are subject to change. Due to the walking nature of this tour, wheelchairs cannot be accommodated at this time.

For more information, or to make reservations, visit the park's website.
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Last Christmas my husband and I visited BGT and took this behind the scenes tour. Obviously, because both tigers and orangutans are dangerous, it wasn't as interactive as other experiences, but it was very cool nonetheless.

We started with a brief tour of the animals in Jungala. I would swear the gibbon was flirting with my husband. She kept following us around and dancing for him.



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