Area Opening at Busch Gardens Takes Visitors to Edge of Africa

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TAMPA -- Edge of Africa, a new wildlife safari experience, and the largest animal expansion in the park's history, will open at Busch Gardens this summer.

It will re-create the sensory experience of traveling on foot through camps and native villages of Africa.

Within the 15-acre tract on the Serengeti Plain area's southern edge, guests will be able to see hippos, giraffes, lions, baboons, meerkats, crocodiles and hyenas, among other animals.

At an encampment near the new area's entrance, a welcome center will present daily recordings of sightings.

As guests travel through simulations of a deserted Masai village, a fishing village and a safari encampment, they will catch glimpses of various species.

For example, at the fishing village, visitors will be able to observe hippos -- normally shy creatures -- from below and above the surface of a large pool.

At the encampment, lions and hyenas will be the focal point.

Elsewhere, there will be special habitats for vultures and meerkats as well as a large spring inhabited by flamingos, turtles and numerous species of fish.

From overhead ledges in another section, guests will be able to observe the hand feedings of giraffes.

After visiting Edge of Africa, guests can enhance their experiences by riding the park's monorail around the animal-filled Serengeti Plain or embark on the Serengeti Safari, an excursion aboard flatbed trucks across the veld.

For additional information, call (800) 372-1797.

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