June 21, 2011 02:30 ET

Get Up Close and Personal with New Elephant Attraction at Busch Gardens, Florida

LANCASTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 21, 2011) - The recently opened Elephant Interaction Area at BuschGardens in Tampa is a great new addition for both visitors and elephants alike allowing real close encounters with some of the world's most impressive animals.

The display is situated opposite the soon to be opened state-of-the-art Zoo Hospital.

The area has been thoughtfully constructed and landscaped, and includes a raised deck area for visitors to view the area without obstruction. There is also a gate area which allows the team to get up close and personal with the elephants whilst they carry out husbandry tasks such as footwork in full view of visitors where previously this wasn't possible.

This intimate setting provides the animal care specialist team interact with the animals and communicate with them whilst being observed by visitors to the attraction. This is an enchanting experience for both visitors who can delight in the bonds that are formed with the elephants, and for the elephants themselves who thoroughly enjoy the time spent with them.

In addition to these developments in the enclosure the experience will be further enhanced with audio and visual elements that will enrich visitors' knowledge and experience.

Graham Harrop, Director at Florida4less, the UK's leading Florida travel specialist, says, 'The Elephant Programme at Busch Gardens is one of the best in the world and the new Elephant Interaction Area attraction will really help the public to understand the majesty of these animals and why they need our help in conserving their numbers.'

The Elephant Interaction Area will be open three hours per day or more for guests. There is also the potential for private tours, and further utilisation for behavioural research, which is integral to the world renowned Elephant program at Busch Gardens.

All in all the Elephant Interaction Area will be a very exciting new addition to what is already one of Florida's most inspiring and fun attractions!

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