Animal Magic That Will Put a Spell on You

The Mail on Sunday (London, England), January 30, 2011 | Go to article overview
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Animal Magic That Will Put a Spell on You


In Spring 2011 a sensational new high speed mega attraction will be opening at Busch Gardens, Tampa. Cheetah Hunt pairs manmade thrills through a new launch coaster - with nature's fastest land animal the Cheetah.

This record breaking 3 1/2 minute sprint over three quarters of a mile takes riders through an African inspired landscape - mimicking the speed, power and agility of this beautiful cat with super fast twists, turns and three accelerations - before plunging 37 metres into the abyss.

After thrill-seekers race across the plain on Cheetah Hunt, riders and nonriders alike can marvel at the cheetahs' awesome speed just a whisker away at Cheetah Run, where trainers will carry out daily sprints with these super fast animals.

Those who dare can get closer than ever before to the cheetah, literally eye to eye, through elevated, glass-paneled viewing areas in the expansive habitat, part of the all new ancient realm.

Here families can also explore interactive touch screens to learn even more about these big cats and how the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has been helping cheetahs in the wild since 2005.

For more than five decades Busch Gardens Tampa has found inspiration in its animals turning that into adventure with immersive natural habitats like the Serengeti Plain, Myombe Reserve, Edge of Africa and Jungala. Engineers have also turned it into adrenaline, capturing the spirit of animals in wood and steel with coasters like Kumba, Gwazi and SheiKra.

In keeping with this theme June 2011 will see the opening of a new tropical underwater universe like no other at Orlando's all-inclusive family retreat, Discovery Cove - The Grand Reef.

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