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Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is thrilled to present Zoo University - an all-new speaker series! Join our wildlife experts and special guests as they share their knowledge of amazing species and inspiring stories of working around the world in conservation.

Zoo University is free and offered exclusively to members. However, space is limited, and entry is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Entry is through the Zoo’s main entrance. For questions and information, please call (813) 935-8552.

 Upcoming Evening Speaker:

Digging Dinosaurs

THURSDAY, May 4, 2017
5 pm - ZooVentures Theater
Chris Delorey, Dr.Dino

The world of the dinosaurs is ever changing as new evidence and fossils come to light. Come learn about a few of the new discoveries and ideas that are changing what we thought we knew about the non-avian dinosaurs!

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Not Monkeying Around - Ape Conservation

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017
5 pm - Reilly’s Reserve
Lee Ann Rottman, General Curator

Curious about the state of great apes in the wild?  Lee Ann works with the Pan Africa Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) in providing on-the-ground support for African primate sanctuaries. Gregg Tully, Executive Director of PASA, will join Lee Ann in this special discussion.

Helping the Herd

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017
5 pm - Reilly’s Reserve
Chris Massaro, Curator of Mammals

Learn about TLPZ’s animal welfare initiatives in the area of Animal Behavior, such as positive reinforcement training, enrichment and choice-based management. Specifically, learn how each is applied to the Zoo’s elephant herd.




THURSDAY, September 21, 2017
5 pm - Reilly’s Reserve
Dr. Ray Ball, DVM, MRCVS
Senior Veterinarian

Learn about the health and welfare of wild animals at TLPZ. This talk will focus on the Zoo’s care of native Florida wildlife, our veterinarians’ in-the-field response in Florida, and Dr. Ball’s experiences in Trinidad, Belize, Brazil and Guadeloupe, as well as the planning process for Colombia.


THURSDAY, November 16, 2017
5 pm - Reilly’s Reserve
Virginia Edmonds, Animal Care Manager

Learn about the Manatee Rehabilitation Program at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, including our role as rehabilitators, the process of rehabilitation and how we reach the point of manatee release.

Zoo University is free and offered exclusively to members. However, space is limited, and entry is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Dates and times may be subject to change.

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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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