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Busch Gardens Tampa welcomes two new babies

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Busch Gardens Tampa's animal family welcomed its newest members, southern ground hornbills, in February. The two male birds are now available to meet and greet guests starting Wednesday.

Southern ground hornbills are the largest of this type, and the two babies are growing fast, the park officials told us.

These birds are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The entire population of this species reside in national parks and reserves. 

The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund supports the Mabula Ground Hornbill Conservation & Research Project. The projects aims at replenishing the ground hornbill population through a captive breeding, rearing and release program.

You can see the newbies at Jambo Junction in the Nairobi area of the park. Their older brother Tufts and uncle Baraka are also there. They serve as Busch Gardens animal ambassadors.

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