Thursday, May 9, 2013
The three endangered cubs were born March 31 at Busch Gardens.
Busch Gardens has welcomed new babies into its family. Three endangered Malayan tiger cubs—two males and one female—were born at the amusement park on March 31, according to a Busch Gardens press release. Each one weighs between six and seven pounds. They are the first Malayan tigers born at Busch Gardens and the first offspring for mother Bzui and father Mata, the release says. One of the male cubs is suffering from anemia and has developed a rare but benign skin condition that also occurs in both wild and domestic felines, according to the release. The cub is currently in serious condition and undergoing treatments with the park’s veterinarians. The family is behind the scenes, monitored around the clock by the park’s animal care team. …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Are you a budding zookeeper? Roller-coaster enthusiast? Busch Gardens near Seminole Heights may have your fix.
The way Natasha Sherwood sees it, the resident summer camps at Busch Gardens do almost as much for the animals as they do for the human participants. “It’s about connecting kids with the natural world,” said Sherwood, the theme park’s manager of education. “It fosters an appreciation for wildlife and wild places. It makes them better citizens for us. We can kind of turn them into ambassadors.” Busch Gardens each year attracts youngsters from throughout the region for its summer camps. Day camps at the theme park, 10165 N. McKinley Drive near Seminole Heights, are held Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Resident camps, in which attendees stay overnight, typically run five nights and six days. There is a wide variety of programs …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Third-grade teacher Sarah Wright and her Seminole Heights Elementary class earned a visit from Busch Gardens' canine-feline duo, Kasi and Mtani.
Snapping instead of clapping so as to not excite their potentially dangerous visitors, an ecstatic crowd of third-graders welcomed a crew of Busch Gardens handlers and their animal friends, Kasi and Mtani, to Seminole Heights Elementary on Monday. Kasi, a cheetah abandoned by her mother and adopted by Busch Gardens last year, has been raised alongside a golden lab puppy, Mtani, that the facility attained last year. Students at more than 40 Florida elementary schools followed the growth of the two animals over the last year as a way of learning one of the hardest things for teachers to teach. "One of the things teachers have told us is really difficult to teach is change over time," Busch Gardens education specialist Amber Wisler said. "So …
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Looking for kid-friendly New Year's celebrations? Patch highlights some fun some options that the entire family can enjoy.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
New Year's Eve parties typically don't involve kid-friendly activities — and that's a shame. Ringing in the New Year without champagne toasts may make it feel a bit G-rated for some adults, but that doesn't mean it has to be a buzz kill for your kids. Here's a list of family-oriented celebrations in Central and Downtown Tampa that all ages are sure to enjoy. 1. Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade and Band Bash The United Health Care Children's Foundation presents the 2011 Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade and Band Bash! Bring the family to Ybor City and enjoy floats, music, dancing and entertainment. Marching bands from Penn State and the University of Florida, along with cheerleaders and football players, will be take part in a pre-game …