Apr 29

Baby Aardvark Brings a “New Kind of Cute” to Jambo Junction

by Staff

Come Meet Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Newest Resident!

Baby Aardvark Brings a “New Kind of Cute” to Jambo Junction

Now, guests to Busch Gardens’ Jambo Junction will have the opportunity to see something quite rare: a baby aardvark.

The young male aardvark was born at Busch Gardens on April 10

The young male aardvark was born at Busch Gardens on April 10. Busch Gardens’ animal care experts stepped in when they saw that the mother was not attentive.

Zoo Educator Missy Brazle Bottle Feeds a Baby Aardvark at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

There are only about 35 aardvarks in zoos in North America.With fewer than a dozen successful births each year, aardvark births are not common. They are solitary by nature, only Busch Gardens is home to a male and female, with the cub making three. He will be raised in Jambo Junction – located in the Nairobi area of the park – and will become one of the park’s educational Animal Ambassadors.

Photos by Matt Marriott/Busch Gardens Tampa Bay