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Busch Gardens, SeaWorld auctioning VIP tours and more for wildlife charity

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Published: April 1, 2009 at 9:52 AM

The Busch theme parks are auctioning off a slew of special packages and behind-the-scenes tours to raise money for wildlife conservation.

Bidding is open now at http://www.auctionwire.com/savewildlife, and available items include animal interaction programs, VIP tours to Howl-O-Scream and other special events, a private photo shoot with Shamu, in-park dining packages, summer camp enrollment, as well as VIP admission to the media day for Manta.

The money goes to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Fans can also contribute to the fund at any Busch park, and get a free tote bag as a thank you for their donation this month. The parks are also matching all donations over $100 during the fun-raising drive.

Busch's press release said that the online auction runs through the end of the month, but the auction website says that all auctions end in 10 days. So, if you are interested, don't risk it - bid early.

Readers' Opinions

From Todd Houts on April 1, 2009 at 10:36 AM
This is great news and frankly everyone wins; the parks for their goodwill and the charities. In case you don't know, Worlds of Fun is doing a very similar thing for the first rides on their new woodie Prowler, apparently now due to open May 2. All of the money from the winning bids (and there will be 18 winners) goes to the Kansas City chapter of the Susan G Komen for the Cure (of breast cancer) charity.
From James Rao on April 1, 2009 at 11:12 AM
Here's the link for Worlds of Fun's auction, if anyone is interested in bidding. You must have your bid placed on or before 4/29/2009.

I will snipe in my bid at the last second.....

I knew all that ebay shopping would train me for something important one day!

Also, (sorry for the side note), WOF is having a Season Passholder's Preview day for The Prowler on May 1, 2009. Since I probably won't be able to afford the auction, I will be at the park on May 1.

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