Busch Gardens Tampa Adding Asian Elephant to Herd

Busch Gardens Tampa is excited to welcome Ganesh, better known as “Spike,” to the park. Spike, a male Asian elephant, will join the current herd of five female elephants on the elephant habitat in the coming days. In addition to being an ambassador for his species, Spike will play an important role in Busch Gardens’ conservation efforts as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan for sustaining this critically endangered species.

Guests can see Spike once he joins the rest of the herd in the coming days on the elephant habitat, which is found across from the Animal Care Center.

“Busch Gardens is a leader in the care of pachyderms, and over the past several years, we have made great strides in developing industry-leading positive reinforcement training methods and a respected behavioral management philosophy for these magnificent animals,” Busch Gardens Park President Jim Dean said.

Spike is 33 years old and weighs more than 12,000 pounds, making him the largest animal at Busch Gardens. Spike was relocated from Calgary Zoo last year and has been behind-the-scenes while the elephant habitat was modified to accommodate this size.

Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™, one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company cares for one of the largest animal collections in North America and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.


  1. I was wondering where my last boss went, they took him in at Bush Gardens

  2. It's a theme park owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. another disgusting example of a circus show in disguise. If they were truly in the business of promoting conservation, they wouldn't need to build thrill rides, eateries & retail shops at their "zoological" facility. Do not buy a ticket support these types places, it's a sham! Designed more to coax your hard earned money from you than educate. And even THAT is geared toward promoting captivity. These places are useless, and should not be allowed exotic or large animals.

  3. Busch Gardens and Sea World are top notch theme parks. We were at Busch Gardens yesterday and learned so much about the animals. We got to interact with some and it's an amazing experience. People like anon @7:31 just have no idea what they are talking about. If it wasn't for these places, my knowledge of these animals would be limited to what I learned in school, which was nothing. The rides and attractions pulled me in and then I spent a good 4 hours learning about these animals. Had no idea how great it was. If I would have taken anon advice, I never would have had such an awesome experience and I wouldn't have the knowledge that I have now about these animals.
    P.s. Sea World does SO much good for animals, try reading some of the posts here on the blog. They are constantly saving and rehabilitating animals.

  4. Anonymous @7:31 I only see people like you commenting on these types of news from SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. How about paying attention to the news about the rescued animals that are treated and released by these parks? Oh, I'm sorry, that does not fit into your agenda! FYI, it is not up to SeaWorld to decide whether to the animal is healthy enough to return but it is the decision of the government agencies that has the particular role of doing so.


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