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Baby hornbills hatched at Busch Gardens

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The baby boom continues at Busch Gardens, as the Tampa theme park unveiled a pair of southern ground hornbills hatched there last month.

Beginning today, the two male chicks can be seen by guests at Jambo Junction, located in the Nairobi area of the park. Guests can also visit the birdsí older brother Tufts and uncle Baraka, both Busch Gardens animal ambassadors at Jambo Junction.

Other babies recently born at the park include an aardvark (http://bit.ly/10MAvFg) and a 140-pound white rhino (http://bit.ly/ShSvlh).

The southern ground hornbill is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature because the entire population is mainly confined to national parks and reserves. The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has helped support the Mabula Ground Hornbill Conservation & Research Project, which replenishes the ground hornbill population through a captive breeding, rearing and release program.

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