I wasn’t sure what to expect from Busch Gardens – as you know I’m not a fan of zoos. What I found though was an environment where the emphasis is very much on creating as natural a habitat as possible.
With his big brown eyes and beautiful face it was impossible not to fall in love with Sim Sim the Silverback gorilla. He seemed very content and being so close and watching him communicate with the keeper – using sign language to communicate he wanted more fruit – was simply magical. His gaze never seemed to leave ours.
Another highlight has to be the Serengeti Safari, where you can feed giraffes from the top of a jeep. As you can see they have the most extraordinary eyelashes and their coats are very soft to the touch. Their mouths are like velvet.
Rollercoasters at Busch Gardens include SheiKra and my personal favourite, Stanley Falls, which gives you a good soaking as you plummet down a 40-foot drop – very welcome in the heat. For younger children, there is the fantastic Sesame Street Safari of Fun, a brilliant multi-coloured adventure playground full of themed rides and water fun to keep them cool.
*These photos are my entries to this week’s Gallery.
written by Liz Jarvis