Busch Gardens Tampa is a 19th century African-themed animal and theme park located in the city of Tampa, Florida. Accredited by AZA, It opened on March 31, 1959 and has an extension of 136 hectares. The park is operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. The zoological part of the park is divided in different areas and they keep, between other species, cheetah, giraffes, chimpanzees, rhinos, zebras, hyenas or hippos. In 1964, Busch Gardens brought the first gorillas to the park, they were a couple called Hercules and Megera. In 1975, Hercules died and Megara was moved to another zoo. In 1992, a new whole family group of five members arrived from Yerkes. One of the females, Kishina, gave birth to the first baby gorilla of the park in November 2005. Sired by Cenzoo, it was Bolingo, a male who was parent reared and still resides at Busch Gardens.

Gorillas at Busch Gardens are located at a 12,000 m2 area called Myombe Reserve, which opened in 1992 and is home to both gorillas and chimpanzees. The gorilla outdoor grassy habitat gives a very natural viewing and is provided with natural enrichments such as waterfalls, trees and rocks. Gorillas are separated from visitors through a moat, although there is also a glass viewing area. There are also indoor bedrooms which are out of the public's view.
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Busch Gardens is home to a group of seven gorillas (silverback SimSim):

KISHINA

SIMSIM

MARY

PELE

BOLINGO

ENZI

OLIVER


INAKI †

KAMARI


Family Tree (Genealogical Chart):

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