"Jungle Jack" is coming to town. Jack Hanna, the roving animal expert and star of the popular children's TV series Jack Hanna's Into the Wild, will make several appearances at Busch Gardens in Tampa. For details, go to buschgardens.com.
Sunday: Serengeti Night Safari: 8 to 10 p.m. Nosh on treats from the Safari Club restaurant, then use night-vision eyewear to observe exotic animals after dark. Then gather 'round a bonfire, where Hanna will share stories from African folklore. Ages 5 and up. $60 per person; Passport members get a discount. Busch Gardens admission is not required or included. Call 1-888-800-5447.
today and May 2: Family Sleepover: 6 p.m. Enjoy dinner, behind-the scenes access and close encounters with the animals. After spending the night at Busch Gardens, you'll wake up to meet the Jungala tigers, refuel with a continental breakfast and meet Hanna. Ages 5 and up. $78 per person or $68 for Passport members. Call 1-877-248-2267.
Sunday and May 3: Shows and autograph signings: 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Hanna will share his world travels and educate animal lovers of all ages about the importance of wildlife conservation. He'll be in Busch Gardens' Stanleyville Theater and will be available for photos and autographs before every show outside the theater. All shows and signings are included with a day's paid admission or any annual Passport. Call toll-free, 1-888-800-5447.
— Dalia Colón, [email protected]