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

Specific Dates:

  • 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.
  • 10th – (2016) Tanganyika Tidal Wave splashes down for the last time before permanently closing.
  • 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.

During the Month:

  • 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)