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Run, Don’t Walk… It’s International Cheetah Day! December 4th is International Cheetah Day, but Busch Gardens Tampa is already celebrating! Get up close to the world’s fastest land animal with us! But first, let’s start with some fun facts about these incredibly fast felines. • Cheetahs are the only cat that cannot retract their claws, an adaptation to help maintain traction. • Cheetahs also have special padding on their feet, specifically designed to grip the ground while running. Their long tail helps with balance!

• Top speeds are up to 70mph, and they can do so in just 3 seconds! • Cheetahs are easily identified by their spotted fur, but did you know their skin is spotted as well?! • Cheetahs are included on both the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of vulnerable species as well as on the US Endangered Species Act list of threatened species. There are less than 8,000 left in the wild. Learn even more about cheetahs and get closer than ever with these exciting offerings at Busch Gardens Tampa:

Painting on the Wild Side

Get Hands on With Enrichment!

What if there was a place where you could paint, drink wine, AND meet a cheetah? Oh yeah, you can. Reserve your spot online at www. buschgardens.com

Visit the Animal Care Center to help decorate enrichment for the cheetahs, then head over to the habitat to witness them enjoying it! Crafts, stickers, cards, and much more will be available in the ACC as well.

Cheetah Insider Tour The Cheetah Insider Tour includes designing enrichment activities as well as exclusive access to behindthe-scenes views of the naturalistic habitats of the world’s fastest land animal. We’ve added more spots (no pun intended) to the tour to maximize the fun.

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Best Times to Visit the Habitat Although you can see cheetahs at Busch Gardens every day, here are the best times to see the Cheetahs: • Cheetah Presentation: 10:30am & 11:30am • Lure Run: 3:00pm • Custom enrichment: 3:30pm

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