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Celebrate Manatee Awareness

If you’re in Florida, you know that the manatee is a state icon and critical to our natural environment. At Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, we love manatees and do our part to rescue, rehabilitate and release them back into the wild.

Manatee Facts

  • Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has cared for more than 400 manatees.
  • 71 calves have been treated to-date.
  • 82 manatees are injured by boat strike each year.
  • Rescued manatees stay an average of 173 days at our hospital.
  • It takes $30,000 per month to feed the manatees, making them the most expensive species to feed at the Zoo.

How can you Help?

By partnering with the Zoo in our mission to care for manatees, you play a role in protecting them from environmental threats.

  • Tampa Bay City Pass
  • 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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