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Jungala: COST Produces Zoo Exhibits for New Busch Gardens Expansion

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Busch Garden’s latest attraction, Jungala, opened to the public in April of 2008 to overwhelming fanfare. After years of planning and designing, the area formally known as Congo began its transformation into the $40 million Jungala attraction. During this process, COST of Wisconsin, Inc., a specialty design/build contractor was hired by Busch Entertainment Corporation to create simulated trees, rock formations, waterfalls, earth embankment textures, faux roots and vines, seat walls, and many other custom theme features for Busch Garden’s Jungala.

Busch Garden’s latest attraction, Jungala, opened to the public in April of 2008 to overwhelming fanfare. The 4-acre African Jungle Village features lush rainforest landscape including towering trees, cascading waterfalls, flowing rivers, and decorative stone structures and sculptures. Jungala immerses its guests in a truly magical place where both human and animal worlds collide. This truly unique attraction allows guest to discover exotic animals including tigers, orangutans, gibbons, gharials, and flying foxes, through "up-close and personal" encounters.

At the tiger exhibit guest are able to play tug of war with a 220-pound tiger, watch tigers plunge into a shallow pool from an underwater viewing area, or use underground pop-up windows to come face to face with the big cats. At the orangutan exhibit guest are able to use tree-top observation platforms to watch orangutans swing in tree canopies overhead, sway in hammocks or paint with a specially-equipped brush. At Kulu Canopy guest have the opportunity to view a multi-species exhibit with white-cheeked gibbons, flying foxes, and gharials interacting as if in their natural environment.

In addition to the animals, Jungala’s rides also offer thrills and excitement for all ages. The Jungle Flyers, a multi-level zip line allows young adventurers to soar above the tree tops. The Wild Surge is a 4-story shot and drop ride nestled within a 35 ft mountain, giving riders a spectacular view as they are shot up from the top. Tree Top Trails, allows older children to climb a 3-story structure featuring a multi-level maze of nets, bridges, and tubes that actually duck into the gibbon area. Additional features of the attraction include a colorful village with live entertainment, appetizing restaurants, and a refreshing children’s water play area for kids to escape the "jungle" heat.

After years of planning and designing, the area formally known as Congo began its transformation into the $40 million Jungala attraction. During this process, COST of Wisconsin, Inc., a specialty design/build contractor was hired by Busch Entertainment Corporation to create simulated trees, rock formations, waterfalls, earth embankment textures, faux roots and vines, seat walls, and many other custom theme features for Busch Garden’s Jungala.

For more information on Jungala at Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa, Florida visit jungala.com/jungala/index.html or for information on COST of Wisconsin, Inc.’s zoological exhibits, please visit costofwisconsin.com.

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