Open Daily
9:30 AM - 5 PM


Committed to the preservation of endangered animals and their habitats.


Everyone knows (and should practice!) the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. In fact, the Zoo has been named the Business Recycler of the Year three times by the Recycling Task Force of Hillsborough County.

But what about the two U’s?


Here at the Zoo, we are a non-profit and take to heart the three R’s and U, or Upcycling. We firmly believe that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, which is what Upcycling is all about. Upcycling means taking an item and reusing it for an entirely different purpose. For example, we take plastic bottles and make them into puzzle feeders for the primates. We also use cardboard egg cartons and phone books as parrot toys!


Here are some ways YOU can help:

  • Use a reusable water bottle. One of the best ways to keep disposable water bottles out of the landfill is not to use them!
  • Create a compost bin to keep yard waste out of the landfills. As a bonus, it creates a natural fertilizer.
  • Create a neighborhood collection of recyclable items such as old and broken electronics. Find out how to recycle these here.
  • Recycle used batteries. Find your local collection site here.
  • Collect and/or donate used books, furniture and clothing.
  • Tampa Bay City Pass
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums
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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is a globally recognized, accredited zoological society and one of the more popular tourist destinations in Tampa, Florida. We offer over 800,000 annual visitors the chance to learn about more than 1,200 animals in a way that’s exciting, interactive and fun. We also operate one of the world’s foremost breeding programs, helping to save some of our planet’s most threatened species from extinction. In addition to breeding, we are home to Florida’s premier manatee rescue and rehabilitation center, dedicated to the treatment and safe release of one of our state’s most famous resident animal species. Yet with all of this and so much more, we have one simple mission: to connect to the living earth for the protection of future generations of all species, including humans.

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