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