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January 29, 2018

ZooTampa at Lowry Park: Unforgettable Connections

By Tampa Bay Parenting

Experience Unforgettable, Natural Connections at ZooTampa

ZooTampa is famous for having one of the most beautiful tropical wildlife zoological settings in the world. It is an unforgettable destination that brings together animals and families to create natural, up-close connections. At the Zoo, kids can get closer to wildlife than ever before by touching a giant tortoise, feeding a giraffe, getting hand-to-fin with slippery stingrays, walking with wallabies and so much more. 

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Families can explore the world in a single day at the Zoo. Start your adventure by strolling down the Florida Boardwalk, home to your favorite local species: Florida panthers, Florida black bears and American alligators. Love Florida manatees? The Zoo is the only place in Tampa Bay where you are guaranteed to see manatees year round!  At the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital, the Zoo’s veterinary and animal-care staff treat sick, injured and orphaned manatees, and return them to the wild after full recovery. At the hospital overlook, watch conservation at work as the Zoo’s expert staff treat the gentle giants before your very eyes. Underwater viewing windows in the Manatee & Aquatic Center let you get nose-to-nose with the magnificent creatures.  

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Next, journey to Asian Gardens, home to sloth bears and clouded leopards. Meet Berisi, the first Malayan tiger cub born at the Zoo. Did you know there are only 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild? Malayan tapir calf Tengahari lives next door to Berisi. Swing into Primate World to visit with Bornean orangutans, chimpanzees and brilliantly-colored mandrills. You can witness daily enrichments and exercises that encourage natural foraging behaviors.  

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Fancy a walk-about with a wallaby? Or a close encounter with a koala? Then visit Tampa’s own “land down under,” Wallaroo Station! This Australia-themed family area provides hours of enjoyment and discovery for little ones, including an interactive petting zoo and free rides, and don’t forget to pack your bathing suit for a splashing good time in the water play area!  

Prefer to explore the Sahara or the jungle? Visit some of the world’s finest animals up close – African elephants, zebras, penguins, white rhinos, pygmy hippos, meerkats and so much more. Meet Africa’s newest resident on your safari adventure, Southern white rhino Kipenzi. Stand on the feeding plateau of Safari Africa and get eye-to-eye with the tallest animal in the world: the giraffe.  

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

The Zoo is an experience that’s fun all year round with events such as the Summer Sunset Celebration, Creatures of the Night in the fall, and Christmas in the Wild, Tampa’s popular new family tradition complete with Santa, stunning lights and wildlife at night.  

Visit and find that ZooTampa is a place of discovery that inspires generations to cherish and preserve wildlife.  

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Don’t forget your swim suit and a towel so your kids can cool off in the splash pad at Wallaroo Station!

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

The carousel is a favorite!

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