Busch Gardens Welcomes Baby Giraffes

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Busch Gardens Tampa welcomed two baby reticulated giraffes last month. Within an hour of birth, the calves were standing and within two hours were nursing.

Cupid, a 15 year-old giraffe, welcomed her seventh calf on June 11.  The male calf weighed 188 pounds and was more than 6 feet tall.  Tesa, an 18-year-old giraffe, welcomed her sixth calf on June 19; a female weighing 145 pounds and standing 5 feet 8 inches tall.

Giraffes are the tallest mammal on Earth, with males standing close to 18 feet tall and females close to 16 feet tall.  The gestation period for a giraffe is between 14-15 months, and the female gives birth while standing.

The reticulate giraffe is one of nine subspecies of giraffe and are easy to distinguish because of their distinct “net-like” pattern, brown-orange spots and thick white lines.  They are found in southern Somalia, Ethiopia and down into northeastern Kenya.

The baby giraffes are now on the Serengeti Plain® at Busch Gardens. The best view is from the Serengeti train or the Edge of Africa area of the park.  For a closer look, guests can reserve a Serengeti Safari, which is an open-truck tour offering guests a unique look at the 65-acre Serengeti Plain® habitat where they will encounter African wildlife and even hand-feed giraffes with the help of an expert guide.

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Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™, one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections on the North American continent and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.

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Disney Dooney and Bourke D23 Expo Launch

Disney Dooney and Bourke

Amid a ton of buzz and excitement, a new pattern of Disney Dooney and Bourke purses debuted at the D23 Expo Dream Store.

As you can see from the picture above, this pattern is a twist on a familiar favorite pattern! I was not a huge fan of the Disney Dooney and Bourke comic pattern in the past, so I was really interested in seeing this new addition in person.

The negative comic, no name has been formally given so this is what I am going with, is a very dark pattern. And while we have seen more patterns shift to a black background this bag takes it to another level.

I am always on the lookout for a black purse, and these bags are great! I really like the grey that they chose, and since the pattern features such a dark color palate it feels more sophisticated and ‘dressy’. But, I really think that these would look great with a red and white polka dot scarf tied to the strap to add a little whimsy and fun to the bag!Disney Dooney and Bourke Tassel Tote

The Disney Dooney and Bourke Totes are my favorite bags!

I tend to gravitate towards larger bags since I seem to NEED to carry everything I own in my purse! The inside features some great pockets and the inside compartment is roomy. The tassels on the side are a really fun touch, too!

Disney Dooney and Bourke Crossbody

The Crossbody Dooneys are starting to grow on me, but I have a hard time fitting everything I need for a day in the parks or shopping in this bag. I adore crossbody bags and while this is a vast improvement over previous crossbody bag designs, it just isn’t my favorite silhouette in the Dooney line.

Disney Dooney and Bourke

And this may sound really strange, but I am most excited about addition of the Pouch to this release! This pouch is a great price point for Disney Dooney and Bourke bags, and is incredibly flexible. At approximately the same size as a men’s toiletry bag, you could really use this pouch for any number of things! With that being said, I think it could also be a great gift for guy travelers to use, too! I am seriously kicking myself for not picking one of these pouches up!!!

Which new Disney Dooney and Bourke bag is your favorite? I know that I will be getting the pouch as soon as I can!

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SeaWorld Waves of Honor Special Offer

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Salutes Veterans with

Waves of Honor Special Online Offer

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The Waves of Honor Program Allows Veterans and as many as five guests Receive
50 Percent off Single-Day Admission to SeaWorld,
Busch Gardens Parks, and Sesame Place

In addition to the current Waves of Honor military salute program offering complimentary admission to members of America’s armed forces,  SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is honoring all the men and women who have previously served as members of the U.S. armed services. Qualified service members and veterans include active duty, retired, honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military. The special offer provides 50 percent off single day admission to the SeaWorld®and Busch Gardens® Parks, and Sesame Place® for veterans and service members, and as many as five guests. Tickets must be purchased byNovember 11, 2013 and redeemed by December 20, 2013.

“We’re proud to extend this special offer to the 22 million U.S. veterans and their friends and families in celebration of their service,” said Jim Atchison, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “It has always been our honor to host members of the military and their families at our parks each year, and this extends that appreciation even further.”

Qualified U.S. service members and veterans must purchase discounted tickets in advance at www.wavesofhonor.com/specialoffer or at participating military bases and present valid military ID and/or proof of service.*

Active duty military who have visited the parks using the Waves of Honor complimentary admission can also take advantage of this special offer. The SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment military salute program, previously known as Here’s to the Heroes, was created in 2001. The parks have played host to more than 6 million service members and their families since the program’s debut.

SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, and SeaWorld San Diego operate year-round. The remaining parks are seasonal. Each park’s operating schedule is available online. The program does not include Discovery Cove® in Orlando or Aquatica, SeaWorld’s WaterparkTM. Rules of eligibility can be found at www.wavesofhonor.com and are subject to change. Tickets have full paid value towards any upgrade. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment reserves the right to terminate the program.

* Proof of service can include military photo ID for active duty, retired, reserve or National Guard, DD214 form, Veterans Administration (VA) card or driver’s license stating “veteran.”

 

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