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7 Ways to Upgrade Your Day at ZooTampa!

When we all finally get out of quarantine and venture out to our favorite spots, give yourself and family a treat by upgrading your day at ZooTampa!

Go nose to horn with a rhino, feed a giraffe, go backstage with the elephants: all ingredients for an unforgettable day.

ONE: Elephant Backstage Encounter
$15 for Zoo Members | $25 for Non-Members

ZooTampaThis signature encounter is back and will put you behind the scenes and up close with the zoo’s African Elephants. Get one-on-one time with the Animal Care Team as they show you how they care for the world’s largest land animal. You’ll even get to sit in on a training session!


TWO: Koala Photo Encounter
$15 for Zoo Members | $25 for Non-Members

This family favorite allows you and the kids to step inside the world of the zoo’s koalas from an outdoor area with a walkway built around the koala’s branches. You won’t get to touch the koalas, but you will get a close-up view of the adorable creatures!


THREE: Indian Rhino Feeding
*Prices vary based on demand of each day | $10/$15 for Zoo Members or $20/$25 for Non-Members

ZooTampaThis is another photo friendly encounter the kids will love! You’ll get a briefing on how the zoo cares for the Indian Rhinos and then get a chance to feed them their favorites like leaves of lettuce and other veggies! It’s a super cool experience to go nose to horn with the rhinos!


FOUR: Southern White Rhino Backstage
*Prices vary based on demand of each day | $10/$15 for Zoo Members or $20/$25 for Non-Members

Go backstage with the Southern White Rhino to learn cool facts about them and talk to the Animal Care Team that works with them each day. Fun fact: White rhinos can weigh up to 5,000 pounds!


FIVE: Giraffe Meet & Greet
$9.95 for Zoo Members | $11.95 for Non-Members

Did you know giraffes are the world’s tallest animal? You’ll have fun facts to dish with your friends when you show pictures of you and the kids feeding the giraffes one of their favorite snacks…lettuce leaves! You’ll get to learn more about the graceful creatures who are full of personality!


SIX: Aldabra Tortoise Encounter
*Prices vary based on demand of each day | $10/$15 for Zoo Members or $20/$25 for Non-Members

Little ones will love this experience that places them inside the Aldabra Tortoise’s world at the zoo. They’ll get to gently touch the tortoise and hang out with the Animal Care Team that takes care of them.


SEVEN: African Penguin Backstage
*Prices vary based on demand of each day | $10/$15 for Zoo Members or $20/$25 for Non-Members

ZooTampaWaddle on over to this signature encounter to meet the African Penguins behind the scenes. Keep those cameras ready! This is just one of so many unforgettable experiences you can have the zoo with the kids.


Learn about even more tours and experiences and book today: zootampa.org/encounters

*Images courtesy of ZooTampa

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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