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Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Points of Pride

Recent Honors, Awards & Recognitions


2015 Hall of Fame award, TripAdvisor

Five-time winner of the Certificate of Excellence (2010-2015)


2014 Certificate of Excellence award, TripAdvisor

4.5 stars, the same as Disney World and San Diego Zoo


Behavioral Management Innovation Award

2014 – for Elephant Training
2013 – for Macaw Free Flight Experience


2014 Reader's Choice, TripAdvisor

Ranked #14 of Top 25 Zoos in the US
Top 5 in order of rank:

  • Henru Doorly Zoo – Omaha
  • San Diego Zoo
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Cheyenne Mt. Zoo, Colorado Springs


2013 Nonprofit of the Year (Environment and Animals)

Tampa Bay Business Journal


Visit Tampa Bay

2013 – Executive Director/CEO Craig Pugh named Hometown Hero


2013 – 25th Anniversary as an Independent Nonprofit Organization


Top 10 Best Zoos

  • 2013
  • 2009 Parents Magazine
  • Child Magazine


North American Conservation Award

  • 2012 Manatee Care and Leadership in Conservation
  • 2012 Strong Voice for Conservation Award for Field Conservation Efforts


Best In The Biz

  • 2012 Best Fundraiser – Zoofari
  • 2012 Best Retreat/Team Building Experience (Zoo School)
  • 2012 Elizabeth Hennig selected CFO of the Year


2012 Quality of Life (Accessibility)

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation


2012 Best Animals and Attractions

Tampa Bay Metro Magazine


Budget Travel

29 Unforgettable Zoos Everyone Should Know

  • Tampa Bay City Pass
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums
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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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