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Guests & animals alike enjoying summer extended hours

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!

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  • Sunset
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  • 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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