Busch Gardens to celebrate International Tiger Day
Busch Gardens will celebrate International Tiger Day with special events, including face painting, talks, feedings and appearances by its Malayan tiger cubs Saturday through July 29. PHOTO FROM BUSCH GARDENS
Published: July 23, 2013
Updated: July 23, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Busch Gardens will celebrate International Tiger Day with special events, including face painting, talks, feedings and appearances by its Malayan tiger cubs Saturday through July 29.
Busch Gardens announced the birth of three endangered Malayan tiger cubs to mother Bzui and father Mata in May. The cubs - named Cinta, meaning "love;" Bundar, meaning "round;" and Rukayah, meaning "delicate" - will be on display in the Jungala habitat during the celebration.
At the Rainforest Research Station, the animal care team will demonstrate how they work with tigers at the park, from feedings to enrichment to play.
With an estimated 3,200 wild tigers in the world, International Tiger Day, also known as Global Tiger Day, is an annual event to raise awareness for tiger conservation.
A portion of the proceeds from the tigress and cubs plush toys sold in the Tiger Lodge gift shop during the three-day celebration be donated to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
The Malayan tiger births are part of Busch Gardens' partnership in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan. The mission of the plan is to cooperatively manage threatened or endangered species within accredited facilities. There are currently slightly more than 50 Malayan tigers in the Species Survival Plan.
The special events are included with regular admission to Busch Gardens. Single day admission to the park is $71 to $79.