Busch Gardens Tampa gathers the pride to celebrate World Lion Day on August 8. The international celebration brings awareness the most iconic big cat in the world, and Busch Gardens will be celebrating with special keeper talks, animal enrichment, and lion-inspired festivities. As populations decline sharply in Africa, lions are classified as a vulnerable species. Busch Gardens Tampa is proud to support conservation projects committed to sustaining wild lion populations.

This weekend, Busch Gardens gives guests the opportunity to learn how they can help with lion conservation with World Lion Day activities. Plus, they’ll learn about the two lion prides and six lions that call the park home. All of Busch Gardens’ lions are part of the park’s participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan.

Since its inception, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has supported over 25 lion conservation projects in six African countries, totaling $320,000. The Fund is currently supporting five lion conservation projects in three African countries.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the World’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections on the North American continent and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.

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