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
  • 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.

During the Month: