Adorable baby cheetahs at Busch Gardens Tampa

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Busch Gardens Tampa has welcomed two new adorable additions – three-month-old cheetah cubs. … Continue reading → The post Adorable baby cheetahs at Busch Gardens Tampa appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals The Busch Gardens animal care team is providing 24-hour-care as the cubs continue to get stronger and explore their new home. The cubs were born on Nov.

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Endangered Malayan Tiger Cubs Born at Busch Gardens Tampa

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Three endangered Malayan tiger cubs were born at Busch Gardens Tampa Sunday, March 31. These are the first Malayan tigers born at Busch Gardens Tampa and the first offspring for both the mother Bzui and father Mata. The post Endangered Malayan Tiger Cubs Born at Busch Gardens Tampa appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals The litter consists of two males and one female.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes a baby white rhinoceros!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes its seventh baby white rhino since 2004. Photos by Matt Marriott/Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The adorable baby, a female, will join other rhinos in the 26-acre white rhino habitat on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain. The baby is the second calf born to mother Kisiri and the seventh calf born to father Tambo. Busch Gardens has celebrated a total of seventh white rhino births since October 2004.

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Adorable baby gorilla photos!

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Busch Gardens® Tampa has welcomed another endangered western lowland gorilla. The female gorilla was born on Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m. and is being cared for by 27-year-old mother Mary. The first month will be the critical period as the … Continue reading → The post Adorable baby gorilla photos! appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. cute animals wildlife

Adorable baby aardvark

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A newborn aardvark at Busch Gardens® Tampa is stealing the hearts of its caretakers, who are helping bottle feed the baby, which they characterize as unusual looking but adorable. The baby aardvark was born Sept. 18, 2015. It is healthy … Continue reading → The post Adorable baby aardvark appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. cute animals cute of the day

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Black rhinoceros, Forest, enjoyed some pumpkins for Halloween

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Busch Gardens® Tampa’s black rhinoceros, Forest, enjoyed some pumpkins in preparation for Halloween. As part of his daily enrichment, the animal care team provided several pumpkins for Forest! Doesn’t it look like he is having the time of his life?! See the video on the Busch Gardens YouTube channel. Black rhinos are considered endangered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and are found in central and southern Africa.

One Year Check Up for Kasi the Cheetah

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s famous cheetah cub, Kasi, visited the park’s new Animal Care Center today for his one-year check-up. The 90-minute routine procedure included cleaning Kasi’s teeth, taking X-rays and using an endoscope to check out and take biopsies along his digestive tract. Kasi was under anesthetic during the procedure, and by early afternoon was awake and resuming his normal afternoon activities in his bedroom at the Cheetah Run habitat.

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Elephants get ready for the RNC!

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Saturday marks “100 Days to the Republican National Convention,” and preparations are already underway at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Earlier this week, Busch Gardens’ elephant team added some “colorful” enrichment to the elephants’ day by making “elephant footprints” with non-toxic children’s poster paint at the park’s new Elephant Interaction Wall. The unique prints will be framed and shared with special guests and members of the media who visit Busch Gardens during the RNC.

Cute of the Day: baby giraffes

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Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay recently welcomed two more baby giraffes, bringing the herd to 17! And they are super cute too! The giraffes joined the rest of the heard on the Serengeti Plain on July 13th. What is neat about giraffes is that it is common for other members of the herd to become involved with the care of newborns. From the press release: A giraffe’s gestation period is approximately 15 months, and the new babies will nurse for about one year.

Busch Gardens welcomes a baby giraffe!

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Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay welcomed a new baby female reticulated giraffe on Tuesday, December 27, 2011. At 5 foot, 7 inches tall and weighing approximately 127 pounds! That’s a big baby! The calf is the daughter of father, Jafari and mother, Tesa, who has previously given birth to four other calves at Busch Gardens. The breeding program has been a great success.

Cute of the day: Baby White Rhino!

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TAMPA, Fla. November 12, 2008) – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomed a new baby white rhinoceros on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. The female rhino was born in the night quarters adjacent to their 26-acre white rhino habitat on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain. Weighing in at an estimated 100 pounds, the newborn – who has yet to be named – is the third calf born to mother Mlaleni and father Tambo.

Cute of the Day: All Legs Baby!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomed a new baby reticulated giraffe just days ago. Weighing approximately 147 pounds at birth, the newborn is the calf of mother, Teesa, and father, Sterling. The addition brings Busch Gardens’ giraffe population to 15. Mother and baby are currently in an area out of guest view so they can be closely monitored by zoo staff to ensure the baby is nursing and growing properly. The duo will join the other animals on the Serengeti Plain in a few months.

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Baby Lemurs at Busch Gardens

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomed two endangered baby red-ruffed lemurs on April 21. The babies can be viewed by guests in Jambo Junction, where they reside with their mother and father, Maditra and Bozeny. The babies are the first lemurs to be born at Jambo Junction, home to the parks’ animal ambassadors, since Maditra and Bozeny arrived as babies three years ago. Lemurs are a species of primate, and reach sexual maturity between 2 and 3 years old.

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“You Want Farm Animals to Go Extinct!”

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My sister lives in Tampa, FL and she sees wild chickens all the time. This is one of my favorite responses from omnivores when they find out that I would love it if the whole world stopped eating animals. “But what would we do with all the animals that are currently on farms? They’d have to die–we can’t possibly keep them all around if they’re going to serve no purpose.* Is that what you want? You want all the farm animals to just die ?&#.


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He is a star player for the Philadelphia Phillies, who are in this year's World Series (which begins tonight in Tampa). Those of you who aren't baseball fans (I feel sorry for you) may not know Chase Utley. Chase and his wife, Jen, are animal lovers, which makes them good people in my book. See here for a story

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Bird vs. Reptile in Key West

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Eventually the business and the workers moved to Tampa, leaving a sizable chicken population behind. Here’s something you don’t see all the time. “We We had a call one morning about a snake and a hawk,” says Tom Sweets, the executive director and chief rescuer of the Key West Wildlife Center , located at the very tip of Florida.

Only Nine Days Until the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival!

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I fly in to Orlando early Tuesday morning and I will immediately head west to Tampa in search of these two countable exotics. I can’t wait until Space Coast! Herons and raptors and rails and gulls and ducks and cranes and jays and owls and alligators are all awaiting me – and you – at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. You are going, right?

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Lesbian Parakeets? Nanday Parakeets in Florida

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Petersburg, which is where I was headed after dipping the Bar-tailed Godwit north of Tampa. On my first day in Florida for the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival I landed at Orlando International Airport at about 9 AM, deplaned, waited for my luggage, got my rental car, and drove west. Wait, west?

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The Warbler Duo of Florida’s Mangroves

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The ‘Florida’ Prairie Warbler is, as its namesake suggests, is at least endemic to the sunshine state as a breeder (the wintering range is not entirely known due to similarity in appearance with the northern race, although Florida birds are suspected to be resident with local movements), ranging north to about Brevard on the east coast and Tampa-St.

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The Fate of the Florida Anis

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From the 1940s to the 1970s, the species rapidly spread from the southern tip of the peninsula to areas north of Lake Okeechobee including the Tampa-St. Smooth-billed Ani ( Crotophaga ani ) is a widespread and ubiquitous bird in disturbed grassy areas throughout much of the neotropics, including most of the Caribbean Islands. It is one of three species of ani ( Groove-billed and Greater Anis are the other two) and together form a unique branch in the cuckoo family.

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Weddings and Birds

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Sunday we had to head to Tampa to take a flight home, Brian back to the Richmond area for work and me to Washington. Erika Zambello is a self-proclaimed ’new birder,’ still equally excited by Robins, Blue Jays, Mergansers, and Flamingos alike. She has lived in Maine, California, France, New York, and currently makes her home in Virginia Beach Always bringing her camera along, Erika is building her life-list by trying to check off at least one new species each week in her field guide.

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Birding at the Tip of Florida: A Bit of Everything

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Many visitors who come through Orlando or Tampa see maybe eight or ten species on a winter trip.

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Snow Geese in Florida

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By their very name, most would assume you can’t spot Snow Geese in Florida. The Sunshine State isn’t known for its massive snow drifts, nor for the massive flocks of Snow Geese that grace states like Texas and New Mexico every winter.

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