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  • Connecting People and Animals Through Interactive Experiences

    by Christina Lasso | Oct 11, 2016

    Hand-made vulture vomit may sound gross, but at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, throwing the playdough-like substance onto pictures of potential predators to replicate a defense mechanism helps educate zoo-goers about the challenges these animals are facing in the wild and what action steps they can take to have a positive impact on the species.

    The Conservation Stations offer many interactive activities such as this as part of its guest experiences. These up-close encounters allow guests to have one-on-one interactions with professional educators to learn more about the animals at the Zoo, their wild counterparts and how we can be agents of change.

    Children can play the role of veterinarian or zookeeper to understand the responsibilities our Zoo takes on in order save endangered species.  Guests can even stage a mock manatee rescue with Mannie, a stuffed manatee plush. They also feature a variety of games, activities and biofacts to encourage every guest to have that “a-ha” moment, learn, laugh and have their questions answered. 

    Like their wild counterparts, the animals that reside at Lowry Park Zoo play an important role within the ecosystem. The Conservation Stations allow guests to participate in interactive learning about all types of animals from the African Bush Elephants, the largest land mammal, to the tiny critically endangered Puerto Rican crested toad.

    During special events, the Zoo also provides passports where guests can visit each station around the Zoo and collect stamps on their journey. These passports provide vivid pictures, fun facts, and overviews on some of the world’s most critically endangered animals.

    Feel empowered to make a difference in the world we all share at an upcoming visit where you can find conservation stations scattered throughout the Zoo.

    Learn more about how you can help the Zoo's conservation efforts here.
  • Celebrating Bornean Orangutan "Hadiah"

    by Donnie Gallagher | Oct 06, 2016

    Bornean orangutan "Hadiah" turned 11 years old recently and we wanted to take some time to reflect on what she means to her Orangutan family, her keepers, Zoo guests and to the Bornean orangutan population in the wild.

    Earlier this year, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared Bornean orangutans to be Critically Endangered, the last stage before they become extinct in the wild. Orangutans’ primary threat to survival is loss of habitat from palm oil production, logging and human development. Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is working to increase awareness about their plight and increase our conservation efforts to save orangutans in Borneo as well as at the Zoo.

    We were thrilled that "Hadiah" gave birth to her first baby earlier this year, a daughter named "Topi." "Hadiah" has been an excellent caregiver to baby "Topi," cleaning, nursing and handling her very carefully. As a sign of carefulness, "Hadiah" would always carry "Topi" with a protective arm even if she had a grip on mom. As the baby has grown in strength, "Hadiah" is much more at ease and allows the baby to cling to her without aid.

    Like all mothers, "Hadiah" needs some alone time and will often leave "Topi" with her own mother, “Josie,” for babysitting. Sometimes "Josie" will even initiate babysitting by taking "Topi" from "Hadiah" for short periods of time! Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is committed to learning all we can about orangutan needs in the hopes that our knowledge and skills can slow the population decline in the wild and potentially save this species from extinction.

    As we take time today to celebrate "Hadiah", here are some ways you can make a difference:

    • Be an informed shopper – Palm oil production is one of the most significant threats to wild orangutan habitat. Palm oil is used in hundreds of products we purchase every day from crackers to toothpaste to lotion. However, many companies have pledged to use on sustainable palm oil which means no further deforestation. You can download the Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping Guide available for free on Google Play in the iTunes app store to learn which products and brands have pledged to protect orangutans!  
    • Visit "Hadiah"– Swing by the Zoo this week to see "Hadiah" and the whole Orangutan family. Purchasing a ticket to the Zoo directly supports our Bornean orangutan conservation efforts. Plus, our staff can tell you additional ways you can get involved in protecting this species!

    We hope to see you soon!

  • There's a new calf in town!

    by Christina Lasso | Oct 05, 2016
    Zoo guests will soon see a new face charging around the Zoo’s Southern white rhinoceros habitat! Mom “Kidogo” gave birth to a female calf on Sept. 12, marking the fifth successful southern white rhino birth Zoo’s history. Even though she is a new Zoo baby, she is anything but small. The calf’s weight is estimated somewhere between 80-100 pounds! "Kidogo" will spend some important bonding time with her new calf, but pair will soon be in the Southern white rhino habitat for guests to see. For now, these cute photos and videos will have to do!
  • Come one, Come all: Lowry Park Zoo welcomes service animals

    by Donnie Gallagher | Sep 21, 2016

    Thanks to a first-of-its-kind service dog training program, Lowry Park Zoo is leading the industry in making exhibits more accessible to guests with service animals.

    The program got its start about two years ago when Lowry Park Zoo recognized the need for zoos and aquariums to be more accessible to guests with disabilities, especially those who are visually impaired. Dr. Larry Killmar, Chief Zoological Officer at Lowry Park Zoo partnered with several groups, including the National Association of Guide Dog Users, to launch a pilot program to desensitize the animals that reside at the zoo to the presence of service dogs.   

    Inviting service animals into a zoo presents a unique set of challenges, including concerns that the presence of service animals could upset the animals that reside at Lowry Park Zoo or vice versa. For nearly a year, the National Association of Guide dog Users and zoo staff, along with puppy raisers from Sun Coast Puppy Raisers, the program dispelled many of these myths.

    The desensitization included a series of repetitive interactions over a period of several months in areas of the Zoo that were restricted to service dogs, including the aviaries where birds are free to roam.  The goal was to make service dogs and zoo animals comfortable with each other and gauge any negative interactions or potential limitations, which never occurred.

    In fact, the results of the program were overwhelmingly positive. In one case, a guide dog and giraffe touched noses on the giraffe feeding platform after only a few minutes of interaction.

    When the program began, Lowry Park Zoo had seven areas where service animals were restricted, including the giraffe feeding platform. Now they have only one – an area in which visitors have close contact with wallabies. The Zoo is also working to make the tram accessible to service animals over the next few months.

    We are proud to continue expanding access to the zoo for all of our guests. Stay tuned for additional updates on this program.

  • National Iguana Awareness Day

    by Donnie Gallagher | Sep 08, 2016

    wallaroo juvenile females fiji banded iguana 1 jun 17 2016 - RESIZEDThe Call dove into the wild world of a few of our scaly friends, Fiji banded iguanas. We spoke with herpetology keeper Jason to learn about the Fiji banded iguanas that call Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo home.

    The Call:  Today we are talking about our Fiji banded iguanas and why they are so important to the Zoo.  Jason, can you tell us a little bit about these guys?

    Jason: Sure! Here at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo we understand that even though something is not cute and cuddly, it still may need our help. There are a lot of species out there threatened by invasive species or habitat loss, a huge example is our endangered Fiji banded iguanas.

    The Call: What problems are they facing in the wild?

    Jason: Their species is currently being threatened by non-native mongooses introduced to their islands which are killing off the Fiji iguana species as a whole, combined with habitat fragmentation and loss.

    The Call: Is their population declining?

    Jason: Great question, the populations of Fiji banded iguanas have seen a decrease of at least 50 percent over the last few decades. There are currently 55 Fiji banded iguanas in the Native American population SSP (Species Survival Plan) with eight of those iguanas currently too old to breed.

    The Call: So they need our help! How are zoos like ours helping?

    Jason: They certainly do. We hatched three iguanas this year, one male and twowallaroo fiji banded iguana egg  jun 8 2016 females, who are going to maintain the current US population, and hopefully help increase the population in the coming years.

    The Call: Are there goals or specific needs for the SSP?

    Jason: To achieve a stable population size, the SSP requires six to seven hatchlings per year; our iguana hatchlings are a great step toward that goal.

    The Call: Are there other zoos that are supporting this effort?

    Jason: Yes, there are other intuitions that support the effort, however there are only 10 breeding pairs in the United States, and Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is home to one successful pair.

    The Call: That’s great news!  Do you have any final words for others to keep in mind to help the Fiji banded iguana, or any of our other scaly friends?

    herps Fijian banded iguana 5 mar 7 2014Jason: Yes of course, even you can help and support endangered reptiles by becoming aware of where your pets are coming from.  Don’t support the illegal pet trade and make sure species you have in your home are legal and are provided by permitted pet stores or breeders.  And as always, learn more at

  • CNN Shines Spotlight on Zoo Animals

    by Donnie Gallagher | Sep 06, 2016

    In August, the Zoo welcomed a crew from CNN’s production team for “Great Big Story” to film a series of our outreach animals. The videos, called “On The Brink,” tell the stories of a variety of animals at risk of extinction. The Zoo’s outreach team spent nearly five hours with the crew to film 10 different species on a special backdrop behind-the-scenes. One by one, the animals were carefully introduced and acclimated to the “set” and were encouraged to display their natural behaviors. As an extra incentive for participation, the animal care team provided favorite treats to each ambassador (tasty bits of meat and produce).

    Click the video below to link to the final products that have published on YouTube. We were thrilled to be selected as a zoological partner to help bring greater  awareness to some of the world’s most amazing wildlife!


  • Conversation with the General Curator

    by Donnie Gallagher | Aug 08, 2016

    The Call sat down with Lee Ann Rottman, General Curator at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, to talk about her two decades of conservation work with primates.

    The Call:  Wow! Twenty-four years working at Lowry Park Zoo, that’s truly an accomplishment! What inspired you to want to work with animals, especially primates?

    Lee Ann:  I’ve always wanted to work with animals, even as a child. Primates and primate intelligence always interested me so I began volunteering in the Primate Department here at the Zoo while I was finishing my Zoology degree from the University of South Florida. Once I graduated I was hired on as a full-time primate keeper in 1991. Fast forward a “few” years, and I’ll be marking my silver anniversary with the Zoo in September.

    The Call:  What does your job consist of as a General Curator?

    Lee Ann:  I’m responsible for the management of the Zoo’s 1,300 animals and nearly 60 animal care professionals. I also developed and oversee the Zoo’s animal enrichment, training, conservation and ambassador programs.

    The Call:  You’ve worked on multiple in-situ conservation projects. Tell us about some of those.

    Lee Ann: In-situ conservation is the process of protecting an endangered plant or animal species in its natural habitat. I’ve had the pleasure of working on five different projects -- four with chimpanzees specifically and another at a location with chimpanzees, gorillas and a variety of African monkeys. The projects took place in different parts of Africa including Uganda, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Gabon.  All of these projects involved rescuing and rehabilitating primates that are endangered due to habitat loss, disease, political unrest and poaching for bushmeat (hunting of animals for food) and the pet trade.  The threats to these animals are real, and without action to help conserve them, extinction becomes a greater possibility.

    The Call:  How has the in-situ work helped you in your job at the Zoo?

    Lee Ann:  It not only gave me a better understanding of the perils primates face in the wild, it helped me to become a better advocate and educational ambassador on their behalf.  Primate social groups are complex, so observing and working with them in Africa helped better prepare me to care for the primates that live at the Zoo.  Understanding an animal’s behavior is key to understanding their needs and creating a positive and engaging environment for them.

    The Call:  Why is in-situ work so important?

    Lee Ann:  Knowledge is powerful. The more we understand the challenges animal populations are facing in today’s world, the better equipped we can become to make a difference.  

    The Call: Your work with the managed population of chimpanzees has gained you both local and international recognition. What advice would you give to aspiring conservationists that want to get into the field?

    Lee Ann:  Get an advanced degree. There are many good programs designed to prepare students to deal with the complexities of working with both animals and conservation.  I would also recommend getting some practical experience through internships or volunteering.  For those aspiring conservationists, working with animals is both challenging and awe inspiring.  It takes hard work, adaptability and at times a sense of humor.  There is always something new to learn which is my favorite aspect of the job.  

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     Interacting with "Clara", a female chimp in Gabon, Africa. Infant "Jewel" before his introduction
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     Chimp Care Givers in Gabon.
  • Guests & animals alike enjoying summer extended hours

    by Donnie Gallagher | Jul 22, 2016

    Our new Sunset Celebration on Friday and Saturday nights is proving to be wild fun for guests and the Zoo’s wildlife, which all enjoy the cooler summer evenings of this new, family festival at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

    Take a look for yourself:

    If you have not yet experienced Sunset Celebration, plan your visit on a Friday or Saturday evening before August 6. The Zoo stays open those nights until 10 p.m., and guests can delight in dining, entertainment and animal encounters throughout the park.

    The Zoo’s animals are also enjoying the extended time outdoors on these evenings. Seasonally, just like people, the animals adjust to changes in the longer daylight hours. The Zoo’s wildlife care team helped the animals acclimate over several months to being outdoors in the evening.

    Some, like our elephants, love the additional time outdoors and always have choices on where they would like to spend their time throughout the day and evening. Others, like the many species of birds at the zoo, go to bed when the sun goes down because it’s their natural rhythm. We respect the animals’ differences and choices since we place the highest priority on their wellbeing.

    We also love having people experience the zoo in a new way -- as an unforgettable place of discovery. This includes going beyond expectations by offering our visitors new experiences and new ways to connect with nature and one another during Sunset Celebration.

    Sunset Celebration is a special way to experience the Zoo’s nature and beauty and amazing wildlife in a whole new light.

    Come join the fun!

  • Pokémon GO at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

    by Donnie Gallagher | Jul 15, 2016

    Have a wild time and a safe Pokémon GO quest at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Before setting out on your quest, be sure to read and understand the following rules for playing Pokémon GO within the Zoo:

    • We know how important it is to catch ‘em all, but even a Pokémon Master must stay within guest areas. Please do not enter any restricted areas to follow Pokémon.
    • If you see a Pokémon close to a one of our Zoo’s “wild” residents in their habitat, please don’t attempt to follow it or enter any animal enclosures. That is one Pokémon battle you can pass on.
    • If you find the PokeStops while on the Safari Africa Expedition or while on any other ride, please do not exit the ride or disregard the ride safety rules under any circumstances.
    • With more than 20 Pokéstops and over 56 acres to explore and hatch eggs, be sure to stay hydrated.  And don’t forget to look up now and then to see our live animals.  They are amazing too!
    • Kindly pause play during rides for your safety throughout the duration of any ride within the Zoo until you exit the ride completely.
    • Please be courteous and respectful to Zoo guests and Zoo employees. That means looking up now and again and watching your step.
    • Be aware of your surroundings and fellow Zoo guests. Who knows, you may even meet a fellow Pokémon GO trainer!
    • Happy catching!

    Pokémon GO is the newest smartphone app from Nintendo that has users chasing 150 different characters to move up levels as they are walking outside.  Doing so at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is an all new way to explore the Zoo! It uses GPS and augmented reality, so you’re walking around your own neighborhood or at work seeing Pokémon. Police warn don't use the app while driving and pay attention to your surroundings. Law enforcement also cautions that players should be aware of sharing their location which makes it easy for people to follow you.

  • Adopted Baby Chimp Keeva

    by Donnie Gallagher | Jul 13, 2016

    If you walk by the chimpanzee habitat in Primate World, you’ll see something quitekeeva4special. One-year-old baby chimp “Keeva” holding on to mom, “Abby,” playing with “Twiggy” and “Jamie,” or chasing the ducks that share the same space. Watching her today, you would never know the challenging start she experienced.

    On March 12, Keeva was born at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore to mother, “Carole.” After the animal care team observed that Carole was not adapting to motherhood appropriately, the difficult decision was made to removeand hand-rear Keeva. Knowing they needed to move as quickly as possible to find Keeva a chimp mom, it was decided that she would be moved to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo where she was matched with proven surrogate mom, Abby.

    keeva2Keeva and members of animal care team from Maryland Zoo flew down to Florida where she was introduced to the animal care team here at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. The Zoo’s primate team along with the general curator immediately showed baby Keeva to the chimp troop so they could start becoming familiar with each other’s scent through protective mesh. For the next 6 months,baby Keeva received round-the-clock care from her caregivers, including feedings every 2 hours, helping her gain strength and mobility. We watched her gain confidence in her skills, become curious of her surroundings, and get stronger. At about six months, it was time for the next step – a full introduction.

    We all waited on pins and needles -- ultimately wanting the best for Keeva. After days of monitored interactions, and some patience on Abby’s end, Keeva began holding on to Abby’s back, as a baby chimp should do. While we celebrated the successful moment, integrating a baby chimp into a social group is not easy nor quick. The next steps were to introduce her to the other female chimps, Jamie andKeeva1 Twiggy, and eventually male, Bahati. One by one, the chimp troop fell for Keeva’s undeniable charm, and one by one, each member of the group completed the circle of Keeva’s family.

    At just over a year old, Keeva has captured the hearts of her chimp troop, the animal care team and all the guests who come to see her. We are proud of the efforts made by our animal care team to little Keeva in order to provide a healthy and promising life. We are thrilled she was able to find a home, and a happy ending, here with us at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. 

  • Sunset Celebration: Opening Weekend

    by Donnie Gallagher | Jul 13, 2016

    Find some of our favorite moments from opening weekend of #SunsetCelebration! Join in the fun on Fridays and Saturdays, July 15-Aug 6, with illuminated entertainment, delightful dining, special animal encounters and a laser light show finale. Visit
  • Manatee Mom and Calf Get a Second Chance

    by Donnie Gallagher | Jul 12, 2016

    Two endangered manatees have a second chance at life in the wild after critical care at the Manatee Hospital at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. A manatee mother and her dependent calf were rescued March 15, 2016 in waters near Tarpon Springs after the mother was injured in a watercraft collision. “Shamrock,” a 810-pound female, arrived with a pneumothorax injury (collapsed lung) which healed after three months of care. Her dependent calf, “Emerald,” a healthy 335-pound female, accompanied her. The pair returned to Tarpon Springs waters on  June 23, 2016 at Spring Bayou, winter home to numerous manatees.

    To date, the Manatee Hospital at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has taken in more than 400 wild manatees for critical care for a variety of severe illnesses and catastrophic injuries including boat strikes, cold stress, orphans, entanglement and red tide exposure. Of those, more than 230 have survived and been returned to Florida waters.
  • Leap Year Leopards Now "Ambassadors-in-Training"

    by Donnie Gallagher | Jul 07, 2016

    The 3-month-old clouded leopard cubs are taking on a new role: animal ambassadors-in-training. The Zoo's pathways and gardens are serving as a "classroom" for the cubs to practice harness training -- walking on a lead with a trainer. Learning to be a cat ambassador will take some time as the frisky felines learn to master a number of critical behaviors. The #TwoCute duo has been eager to participate in training sessions so far and will be allowed to advance at their own rate. With this new role, "Aiya" and "Shigu" -- and their human handlers -- will help to teach guests about the needs and perils of this rare and vulnerable species.
  • New Kids On The Block

    by Christina Lasso | Jul 07, 2016

    Have you met the newest residents at the Wallaroo Station petting zoo? Adopted from the Tampa Bay SPCA, seven goats have found a new home at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. In our search for new animals to participate in the daily goat presentation at the Zoo, Livestock Animal Care Manager Melinda found a goat available for adoption at the local SPCA. When she went to meet him, to her surprise and delight, there were six more goats waiting to be adopted!  Melinda happily rescued all seven goats where they are now settled in to the petting zoo.

    Get to know our new kids on the block!

    • "Wizard" has an adorable face and is smart...when he feels like it.
    • "Oz" is the biggest, but don't let that fool you! He is a gentle giant and loves being rubbed on his neck.
    • "Django" is the middle child of the group and is easy-going.
    • "Georgia" is small, but has a big personality.
    • "Paco" has the best facial hair out of all the goats and will stomp his feet when he gets excited!
    • "Twilight Sparkle" may be the smallest of the group, but don't underestimate her! She will stand her ground so much that the other goats don't challenge her.
    • "Princess Merida" is the baby and can be a handful, her keepers say. She is a very fast learner and has already advanced into the daily Goat Show.

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    "Princess Merida"
  • Rescued Black Bear Cub

    by Donnie Gallagher | Jun 14, 2016

    A Florida black bear cub rescued from brush fires in Lake County in April is one step closer to his return to wild habitat. “Smokey Jr.,” as he was affectionately nicknamed by Lake County Fire Rescue, had his final check-up at the Zoo’s veterinary hospital -- his home for about 4 weeks -- and was given a clean bill of health. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) relocated him to Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park in preparation for release late this year. 

    2While in veterinary care at the Zoo’s hospital, Smokey Jr. exhibited a healthy appetite which consisted of a milk-based formula, rice cereal and the introduction to blueberries and strawberries. He grew from 6 pounds to 18 pounds, tripling his weight. The singed fur he had upon arrival grew out, with no visible markings remaining. In addition, veterinary team members reported his demeanor and behaviors were consistent with that of a wild bear -- he avoided people where possible and when approached (for closer observation or weight checks) he would snarl and swipe.

    The Zoo looked after the young cub using FWC protocols, as it has for3numerous others, with the goal of reintroduction to wild habitat. This means he was monitored with minimal interaction to reduce the likelihood of imprinting or habituation.

    Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo works with the FWC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service(USFWS) to provide veterinary support for native Florida wildlife including manatees, panthers,  black bears, bald eagles, whooping cranes and gopher tortoises. The newest patient was the 13th black bear to receive care at the Zoo, which has provided a home for a total of five black bears including three current residents (two young females and an adult male).

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  • Project Golden Frog

    by Donnie Gallagher | Jun 13, 2016

    As the cultural symbol of the Republic of Panama, golden frogs are a national treasure, much like the bald eagle in the United States. In response to a dramatic population decline of the species, a cooperative program called “Project Golden Frog” was formed to assist with field research, captive propagation, habitat conservation and education of this critically endangered species.  The Zoo is one of a few in North America who participate with national conservation and breeding efforts for these rare amphibians. We talked to the Zoo’s herpetologists to learn more about efforts to help conserve these fragile frogs.

    The Zoo houses a small breeding group of Panamanian golden frogs in a dedicatedPFrogs_2space in the Discovery Center. As a species that is typically solitary in the wild, Zoo herpetologists first separated the frogs to mimic their native environment. Mating season is typically between November and January, at which time a male “attaches” himself tightly to the back of a female (piggyback style) for several days – or even weeks – until the female lays her eggs. The male will immediately fertilize the eggs, then separate from the female. About six days later, tadpoles hatch out. They are so small they look like little black dots! These tiny tadpoles cling to rocks and graze on algae for 180 days as they grow in preparation for metamorphosis into “froglets.”

    In 2015, a very successful breeding season produced 90 froglets, who are growing alongside new tadpoles from this year’s breeding season. While it is nearly impossible to estimate just how many new tadpoles there are, the Zoo’s HerpetologyPFrogs_1team is optimistic for a comparable number to last year. Those who survive to adult-hood will transform into vibrant shades of yellow with black stripes and grow up to 2 inches in length.

    For amphibians in peril like the Panamanian golden frog, successful breeding and management programs are critical to the perpetuation of the species. The conservation efforts by the Zoo’s herpetology team helps provide hope for this amphibian, and others, currently at risk of extinction. To learn more, visit When you visit the Zoo, your paid admission, and purchases of food or gifts, contributes to animal care, global conservation and education programs.

  • Feeding Time with the Indian Gharials

    by Donnie Gallagher | Feb 19, 2016

    Ever wondered how a crocodile with such a long narrow snout eats its food?  Here’s an up-close and personal look at how the Zoo’s herpetology team keeps our three resident Indian Gharials “smiling.” In order to make sure each fish-eating crocodile gets its fair share of food, nutrients, and vitamins, the team separates the animals by tapping a bamboo training tool in different areas of their habitat. When the animals respond to the signal, our keepers hand feed the long-snouted crocs their preferred and natural diet of small fish.
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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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