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Busch Gardens Tampa – Bird Gardens: Walkabout Way


Rating: * * * *
Type:
Walk-through animal exhibit
Time: Continuous viewing
Short Take: An overload of adorable

This latest addition to Bird Gardens injects a slice of the Australian continent into the park's otherwise African atmosphere, but never mind the thematic dissonance.

TThe free-roaming wallabies and hand-fed kangaroos who inhabit the Kangaloom section of this outdoor habitat are so achingly cute and affectionate, you may loose many minutes making friends with these curious marsupials.

Check at the exhibit entrance for the feeding schedule; at a few appointed times each day, you can buy a cup of roo-chow for about $5, which will be eagerly slurped from your palm. Supplies are limited, but the animals are plenty attentive even if you don't have treats to dispense.

At 11:15 each day, ten guests get to feed a joey (a baby roo) a bottle of apple juice. There are only ten $10 bottles available each day on a first-come first-served basis, so plan of getting there early if you want to enjoy this very special experience.

In addition to the kangaroos and wallabies, the exhibit incorporates a free-flight aviary, the Kookabura's Nest, filled with native Australian birds, and the Tuckerbox, a place for kids to have up-close encounters with tawny frogmouths and other Down Under fauna on an erratic schedule.

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