A milestone was reached at the David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Hospital, having taken in more than 300 manatees since 1991.
The Zoo is named Nonprofit of the Year (Environment and Animals), by Tampa Bay Business Journals.
A 12,000 square foot Veterinary Hospital and 2,000 square foot Animal Commissary was completed with funding from the New Horizons Campaign.
A 2-year graduate clinical fellowship was established with the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, combining clinical training in zoological and aquatic medicine with graduate study in manatee health and conservation.
A comprehensive water resources master plan feasibility study was launched at the Zoo, in cooperation with the City of Tampa, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and EPA's Gulf of Mexico Regional Partnership program.
The Zoo was awarded the Edward H. Bean Award (African bush elephant program), by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA); the Travelers' Choice™ award, and the Certificate of Excellence award, both from TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site.
Renovation was completed at Wallaroo Station - a 4.5-acre Australian-themed, family-friendly park area that includes an interactive petting zoo, water play area, and delicious dining.