Busch Gardens Cheetah Hunt

Tampa, Florida


Busch Gardens Cheetah Hunt Tampa, Florida


KHS&S completed light gauge metal stud framing, drywall, traditional plaster, themed plaster, vertical themed carved plaster, rockwork and scenic paint for the cheetah habitat and cheetah-inspired roller coaster attraction at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Containing more than 11,000 square feet of grassland, rock formations and shaded alcoves among Moroccan and ancient Egyptian-themed ride buildings, Cheetah Hunt also includes a 220-foot “run” where the animals illustrate their agility and speed.

KHS&S first created maquettes and models of the attraction’s animal carvings and temple-inspired ruins, then KHS&S craftsmen hand-carved the completed product, all finished with scenic painting, color washes and multiple stains.   The more than 10,000 square feet of themed carving was created to resemble the time-and- weather-worn natural habits of the cheetah, where the animals were revered as mystical and their images often stood as guardians to local villages.

Services Provided

Metal stud framing, plaster, themed plaster, hand-carved rockwork, scenic paint, drywall



  • ABC Excellence in Construction Eagle Award(2013)