Busch Gardens Hippo Exhibit

The hippopotamus exhibit at Busch Gardens Tampa, FL includes a large pond filled with Lake Malawi cichlids and viewable from a walk with glass windows along one complete side of the enclosure. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fish density in this exhibit was amazing.

 

Busch Gardens Hippo Exhibit

 

 

 

Busch Gardens Hippo Exhibit

The exhibit consisted of a variety of mbuna species, a few non-mbuna, and a couple non-cichlids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maxine the hippo posses for the camera....

 

Busch Gardens Hippo Exhibit

 

 

 

Busch Gardens Hippo Exhibit

....and then says "hello" to the kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Metriaclima zebra "chilumba" shown in the center here were very common in the exhibit.  Other common mbuna included Ps. acei "white-tailed", Met. zebra OB, Met. hajomaylandi, Pet. sp. "small blue", Mel. chipoke, and Mel. auratus.

 

Busch Gardens Hippo Exhibit

 

 

 

Busch Gardens Hippo Exhibit

Maybe time to consider some modifications to the fishroom plan (minus the hippo).

Most common non-mbuna is shown here towards the lower left.  Protomelas species of some sort (perhaps spilonotus or taeniolatus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Can we get back to the rides now?"

 

Busch Gardens Hippo Exhibit

 

 

 

Busch Gardens Hippo Exhibit

The pond included large catfish from the Claroteidae family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An adjacent Nile crocodile exhibit housed Lake Victoria cichlids including Astatotilapia latifasciata, 'Haplochromis' sp. "flameback", 'Haplochromis sp. "red fin piebald", and Pundamilia nyererei.

 

Busch Gardens Hippo Exhibit

 

 

 


 

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