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Committed to the preservation of endangered animals and their habitats.

Conservation Projects

Conservation is a part of daily life at the Zoo. Our commitment to protecting the earth and sharing what we learn inspires special projects, programs and partnerships. We invite you to learn along with us. Look for updates to our website and visit the Zoo.

Bringing “Beasties” to the Zoo

A Collaborative Teen Program for Science Investigation and Self-Expression

Students at a local middle school created an exhibit inspired by phytoplankton and zooplankton that is on display at the Zoo’s Manatee and Aquatic Center. Working with Community Stepping Stones, an art and science non-profit, the student artists created conservation messages as well. These messages teach Zoo visitors about the artwork, the ocean’s tiny creatures, the need to protect oceans, and the benefits for Florida’s people and animals.

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Enhancing Source Water Protection

Tampa Bay Water provided funding to increase the holding capacity of a retention pond that receives run-off water from a major portion of the Zoo. By managing run-off, we are better able to control chemicals and trash. As a result, we can help protect Hamilton Creek, a stream that connects to the Hillsborough River, the source of Tampa’s drinking water.

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Water Resources Master Planning

The Zoo works with many partners to find water conservation projects that help us reduce our water use and protect this precious resource. These projects will make the Zoo an important site for testing new ways to help our community and local environment.

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Teens 4 Tampa Bay

Empowering Youth to Save the Estuary

Area teens participated in an after-school program to create mini-exhibits about protecting Tampa Bay and its watershed. After the mini-exhibits went on display at the Zoo, the teens continued to spread the message to their friends and communities.

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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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