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Wild kingdom of Jungala approaches Busch Gardens

Workers are putting the finishing touches on Jungala, Busch Gardens' new $40-million home for a dozen tigers, six orangutans and assorted gibbons and flying fox bats. Next week, the new residents arrive to get settled for the April 5 opening. The habitats provide eight times the space for the park's expanded orangutan collection and three times the room on multiple levels for the tigers to roam. The multilevel habitats are designed to stimulate animals to be active. They also are designed to require a leap greater than 25 feet to escape, double zoo guidelines. Visitors will be able to get closer to the animals, thanks to more than a dozen glass windows that provide eye-level views as well as glimpses from above, below and underwater (tigers and orangutans do not fear water). Tigers are being trained to pull a rope that visitors tug from outside their enclosure. Jungala also will offer the park's first family sky shot and drop ride, a three-story children's net-climbing playground, and a zip-line that takes kids on a hang glider suspended from a cable. For a slideshow preview, visit money.tampabay.com.

Wild kingdom of Jungala approaches Busch Gardens 03/06/08 [Last modified: Friday, March 7, 2008 12:22am]
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