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

Specific Dates:

  • 2nd – (2016) Guest Joseph Corrao, 45, picks up and violently throws to the ground Pinky, a flamingo and popular Animal Ambassador in her habitat in Jambo Junction. Pinky was later euthanized by animal care staff due to the extent of her injuries. Corrao was arrested on a charge of felony animal cruelty. Tampa Bay Times 8/3/2016
  • 5th – (2013) A baby zebra is born, bringing Grevy’s zebra population at the park to eight.
  • 5th – (2014) An aardvark is born at the park.
  • 5th – (2015) Park offers a Summer BOGO deal, where guests receive a free ticket with purchase of a single day admission at regular price ($97 for adults, $92 for children age 3 to 9). Offer available through August 24, and tickets valid through September 7. (Press Release)
  • 7th – (1972) Kishina, a female gorilla, is born at Yerkes Primate Center. She was moved to Busch Gardens’ Myombe Reserve in 1992.
  • 7th – (2016) Summer Nights event ends. However, the park actually closes at 7 pm (instead of 9 pm) because of inclement weather earlier in the day, forcing the final Kinetix performance and fireworks to be cancelled.
  • 16th – (2014) Falcon’s Fury “soft opens” to guests for the very first time, following several days of successful employee previews.
  • 18th – (2016) Oliver, a male gorilla, is born at the park.
  • 24th – (1985) Through October 6, “Church Days” offer of $3.50 off regular admission for church groups of 15 or more with advance reservation. (Ledger 8/16/1985)

During the Month:

  • 1981 – Total of 44 animal births reported at the park, including a Grevy’s zebra. (Ledger 10/16/1981)