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Busch Gardens Tampa – Jungala: Orangutan Habitat


Rating: * * * *
Type: Animal habitat
Time: Unlimited
Short Take: Another winner

This is the first habitat you encounter, to your left, as you enter the bridge to Jungala from Stanleyville. A shaded portion of the bridge allows a good view of the entire enclosure, which is a sort of raised island surrounded by steep cliffs and water. Don’t overlook the ingenious video binoculars here that allow for a closer look at the inhabitants.

Orangutans are powerful and agile climbers and the habitat has been designed to let them show off their skills. There are three large metal towers topped with platforms (no attempt at jungle verisimilitude here); the towers are linked by vine-like ropes that allow the orangs to shuttle between them.

Step into Jungala and to your left you will find Orangutan Outpost, an indoor (but not air conditioned) viewing area with glass walls looking into the enclosure. A sort of shelf made of logs rims the viewing area and the orangs, seemingly as curious about us as we are about them, often come up for a closer look at the odd creatures in the theme park habitat. A great touch here is a plexiglass section of the floor that looks down on a square rope hammock where the orangs like to come and chill out.

There are Meet the Keepers sessions a few times a day here. At other times, signs around the room and interactive video screens provide information about this fascinating species.

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