TAMPA (FOX 13)
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay permanently closed the Jambo Junction exhibit on Friday.
Jambo Junction was a zoo education section of the park where visitors had a chance to walk through the exhibit and see animals in their enclosures from behind glass walls. The animals will be relocated to other areas of the park.
The closure comes in the wake of Busch Gardens' parent company, SeaWorld Entertainment, announcing hundreds of layoffs.
Busch Gardens released a statement:
As with other attractions that change over time, the closure of any area of the park is considered against a number of factors including its popularity when compared to other attractions.
We remain committed to a continued focus on the guest experience, the safety of our guests and team members, and the health and welfare of the animals that call Busch Gardens Tampa Bay home.
The announcement comes days after the park’s parent company, Seaworld Entertainment, announced it would layoff or eliminate more than 300 positions across the company’s 12 attractions.