Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa Florida Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo features 2,000 animals on nearly 60 acres of natural habitats

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Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa Florida

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo features 2,000 animals on nearly 60 acres of natural habitats, splash ground water play areas, wild rides, educational shows and interactive opportunities to get closer to wildlife.

The Zoo has seven main exhibit areas: Asian Gardens, Primate World, Manatee and Aquatic Center, Florida Wildlife Center, Free-Flight Aviary, Safari Africa and a children’s zoo.

The Zoo’s Manatee and Aquatic Center, home to the David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Hospital, expands the traditional boundaries of a zoo, focusing efforts on critical care for injured, sick and orphaned wild manatees.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo also exists as a center for conservation of endangered wildlife both locally and around the globe.

The zoo features a larger collection of Florida species than any other zoo and includes Key Deer, American Alligator, Flamingos, Roseate Spoonbill, Florida Panther, American Crocodile, North American River Otter and many other species. The zoo also features several hands-on exhibits, including Lorikeet feeding, stingray feeding, camel rides, an interactive discovery center, a petting area, a river ecotour and West Indian Manatee encounters. The most recent addition to the zoo is Safari Africa, which houses African elephants, giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, White Rhinoceros, shoebill stork, okapi, meerkats and other African species.

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo features 2,000 animals on nearly 60 acres of natural habitats, splash ground water play areas, wild rides, educational shows and interactive opportunities to get closer to wildlife.

The Zoo has seven main exhibit areas: Asian Gardens, Primate World, Manatee and Aquatic Center, Florida Wildlife Center, Free-Flight Aviary, Safari Africa and a children’s zoo.

The Zoo’s Manatee and Aquatic Center, home to the David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Hospital, expands the traditional boundaries of a zoo, focusing efforts on critical care for injured, sick and orphaned wild manatees.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo also exists as a center for conservation of endangered wildlife both locally and around the globe.
One of the zoos oldest sections, the Asian Domain, was renovated and renamed the Asian Gardens in 2007. Exhibits there include Indian Rhinoceros, Sumatran Tigers, Babirusa Pig, Komodo Dragon, Clouded Leopard, Sloth Bear and an Indonesian-themed Sulawesi Aviary.

Rides

Starting with the Australia addition, Lowry Park Zoo has added several children’s rides, including a merry go round, “Flying Bananas”, pony and camel rides, a mini-roller coaster, and a skyride. The Tasmanian Tiger roller coaster was sold to the zoo by Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation and moved from Wild Adventures theme park in Valdosta, Georgia.

Gator Falls, which opened in June 2008, is a log flume ride. It is the largest and most expensive ride in the zoo to date, costing US$1.5 million to build. The ride features a single 30-foot (9.1 m) drop, and the track carries riders over the park’s albino alligator exhibit. According to zookeepers, the alligators are two of only 38 known white gators in the world. The ride also offers education about the genetic mutation that causes albino alligators

 

Recognized as the #1 Zoo in the United States by Parents magazine (2009), Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo features more than 1,000 animals on nearly 60 acres of natural habitats, splash ground water play areas, wild rides, educational shows and interactive opportunities to get closer to wildlife. See some of the finest natural wildlife at close hand – elephants, zebras, meerkats, white rhinos, cheetahs, pygmy hippos, okapi and African penguins. Encounter the most comprehensive collection of native Florida wildlife in the world. Florida species include manatees, Florida panther, red wolves, Key deer, alligators, river otters, Florida black bears and more.

The Zoo is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm seven days a week. Open every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Parking is free. The Zoo may close due to inclement weather.