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With 1,300 animal residents at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, you probably have a "favorite." Now, you can adopt them through our Share the Care adoption program and make your visits to the Zoo even more special. Your symbolic adoption helps to support expert animal care at the Zoo and global conservation efforts.

Below is a list of our most popular adoption packages, but every animal at the Zoo is available for adoption. If you don’t see your favorite, feel free to contact us or call us at 813-935-8552 ext. 215.

Please allow 5-7 business days for the processing of adoption packages.

Penguin Paradise


Of the 1.5-million African Penguin population estimated in 1910, only some 10% remain. Help bring them back from extinction—while giving a gift that’s cuddly and unique. Adopt an African Penguin! Representing the Zoo’s charismatic rookery (group) of African penguins, the purchase of this special edition adoption package will help to provide expert care for them for one year. It’s a symbolic gift that will surprise and delight your loved ones.

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Hip, Hippo Hooray


When crocodiles and rhinoceroses will just not do, you can now purchase a special edition hippopotamus adoption package. The new adorable female baby, born on October 11, has been named "Zuri" (pronounced zoo-ree), an African name meaning "beautiful." Zuri is the 3rd pygmy hippo born at the Zoo, and only the 30th animal in the managed population. Pygmy hippos are extremely rare in the wild with numbers thought to be only a few thousand.

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"Two" Cute


The Zoo is buzzing about our TWO African elephant calves, Mavi, and her big sister, Mpumi. The Zoo is proud to be a leader in African elephant conservation education and science, and invite the public to celebrate and support elephants by visiting them year round. Share the care at the Zoo by purchasing a baby elephant adoption package. Your symbolic adoption will help to provide expert care and enrichment for the Zoo’s elephant herd for one year. These packages make great gifts for all occasions!

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Giraffe Joy


Reaching heights of up to 18 feet, giraffes are one of Africa’s most magnificent species. Each day, Zoo guests marvel at these gentle giants as they get eye-to-eye with them on the giraffe feeding platform at the Zoo. You can help share the care at the Zoo by purchasing special giraffe adoption package. Your symbolic adoption will help to provide expert care and enrichment for our giraffe herd for one year. These packages make great gifts too!

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Koala Cuteness


Say "G'day" to Heathcliff, the adorable young male Queensland koala at the Zoo. You can purchase this special koala adoption package that will help to provide expert animal care and lots of yummy eucalyptus for Heathcliff for a year.

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Adopt any animal!

Zoovenir PatchEvery animal at the Zoo is available for symbolic adoption. You can purchase any of our adoption packages to help provide expert animal care Zoo-wide.

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*Available plush animals include the penguin, hippo, elephant, giraffe, and koala. Adoption packages requested for animals other than the packages above, at the $50 level or higher will include a plush of your choice from the list above.


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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 one million annual visitors the chance to learn about 1,300 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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