For the second year in a row, Busch Gardens has hosted a celebration around Global Tiger Day. This year, on July 29, 2014, guests attending this Central Florida theme park will be able to meet Tiger Keepers and participate in fun activities dealing with these large cats. What’s even better is that a portion of proceeds when buying tiger-related merchandise goes to the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
As few as 3,200 tigers live in the wild today. That is due in part to the fact that they have lost 97% of their habitat. Several tiger conservation efforts are supported by the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund in an effort to help preserve their habitat and prevent poaching.
One of the species included in the conservation efforts are the Malayan Tigers. Last year three cubs were born at Busch Gardens raising their population to 63. Attending this theme park and seeing these beautiful cubs can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Although they are no longer cute and little, these cubs will soon be old enough to do their own part to help protect their species. The Malayan Tiger cubs named Cinta, Bundar and Rukayah are part of the Species Survival Program (SSP). The SSP promotes a healthy managed tiger population, and even hopes that in the future, some of these tigers could be reintroduced into the wild.
Look for Busch Gardens to participate in this event year after year. The theme park participates in over 120 Species Survival Programs, which you can learn more about through their blog. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If you love elephants, be sure to purchase tickets to this theme park and attend it on August 9 when they will be celebrating their own special date for World Elephant Day.