Busch Gardens Tampa Bay thinks its five new cheetahs are acclimated enough to their new environment to be part of the theme park's endangered species tours. Raised at White Oak Conversation Center near Jacksonville, the cats — three of them 15-month old litter-mates — are temporarily housed in a backstage area until their new habitat linked to the park's new Cheetah Hunt launch coaster is completed this spring. "There are only 10,000 cheetahs left, so this is the most endangered species we have," said spokeswoman Jill Revelle. The tours, which include close up encounters with rhinos, zebra and giraffes on the park's Serengeti Plain, cost $39.95 per person on top of park admission. Once the coaster opens, the nearby Cheetah Run habitat will be part of the standard park experience.
Busch Gardens prepares to introduce cheetahs to paying customers
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