Below are noteworthy events from Busch Gardens Tampa’s history that occurred in the month of April.

Specific Dates:

  • 2nd – (2016) A Linne’s two-toed sloth is born at the park.
  • 3rd – (2014) Two Marabou stork chicks are hatched at the park. A third is hatched two days later.
  • 3rd – (2016) Mandazi, a male hyena cub, is born at the park.
  • 4th – (1983) Josephine, a female black rhinoceros, is born at at the park. She is the fourth of the species to be born at the park. (Temple Terrace Beacon, 6/9/1983)
  • 5th – (2008) Jungala officially opens to guests.
  • 5th – (2014) A Marabou stork chick is hatched at the park. Two others were hatched two days earlier.
  • 10th – (2011) Zawadi, a male aardvark, is born at the park.
  • 10th – (2016) Tanganyika Tidal Wave splashes down for the last time before permanently closing.
  • 13th – (2014) A southern tamandua (lesser anteater) is born at the park.
  • 15th – (1992) Five gorillas arrive at the park from Yerkes Primate Center as part of the Myombe Reserve project.
  • 21st – (1993) Kumba officially opens.
  • 23rd – (2017) Iceploration has its final performances.
  • 25th – (2014) Twisted Tails opens to guests for the first time.
  • 25th – (2016) Park announces 50% off ticket offer for veterans, valid for up to six single day admissions through May 31, 2016. (Press Release)
  • 27th – (2011) Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine celebrates his daughter Talia’s 10th birthday at the park, including preparing a vegetarian meal and feeding it to the elephants. (Busch Gardens)
  • 29th – (2011) Two red ruffed lemurs are born to mother Maditra & father Bozeny (“Madi” & “Zeny”).

During the Month:

  • 1974 – Admission listed at $4.25 for adults, $3 for children age 5 to 11, and free for children under 5. Parking is free.  Open daily, hours 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Ledger 4/5/1974)
  • 1975 – Admission listed at $5.25 for adults, $3.25 for children age 5 to 11, free for children under 5. Hours are listed as 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. By the end of the month, admission for children was raised to $4.25, and the age range changed to 4 to 11. (Ledger 4/4/1975 & 4/25/1975)
  • 1980 – Admission listed as $9.35 with children 3 years and younger admitted free. Parking was $1, and hours were 9:30 to 6 daily (8 p.m. in summer) (Temple Terrace Beacon 4/10/1980)
  • 1983 – Births at the park during the month include 15 mammals and 82 birds, bringing year to date totals to 76 mammals and 159 birds. (Temple Terrace Beacon, 6/9/1983)
  • 1987 – Admission listed as $17.95 with children under 3 admitted free; parking at $2 (Sun Sentinel 4/26/1987)
  • 2006 – Park changes its name from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay to Busch Gardens Africa. (Ultimate Rollercoaster 4/12/2006)