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We Are Florida Strong

Sep 25, 2017

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In the wake of Hurricane Irma, we hope you and your loved ones are doing well. The Zoo sustained minimal damage from the storm thanks to the dedication and efforts of our team. To put some perspective to the detailed and careful planning that took place, our hurricane preparations included:

  • 1,300+ animals, all sheltering inside!
  • 16 Zoo team members on-site
    • 9 animal care professionals
    • 5 maintenance and security experts
    • 2 veterinarians
  • 2+ week supply of food
    • 28,000 lbs of hay
    • 20 cases of Romaine lettuce
    • 1,000+ apples
    • 100 lbs of carrots
    • 150 lbs of sweet potatoes
    • 6 cases of bananas
    • 5 cases of Eucalyptus
    • 10,000 gallons of water
  • Multiple generators to restore power
  • Endless amounts of strength and hope!


The welfare of our animals is a priority and that shined through during Hurricane Irma where our ride-out team left their own homes and families to care for our animals. Countless other staff members worked tirelessly preparing before the storm, and getting us ready to safely reopen to guests afterwards.  I am immensely grateful for the selfless acts of each individual zoo team member.


Now we are here and ready to help our community as well as any of our other zoo and aquarium friends in Florida that need extra hands to clean habitats or care for animals. Together, we are Florida Strong.

Warm regards,

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Joseph A. Couceiro
President & CEO

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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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