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With more than 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. 214.

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

Perfect Pygmy Package

adoptGood things come in small packages! Pygmy hippos, as their name implies, are smaller than their Nile hippo relative. Pygmy hippos are elusive and extremely rare in the wild with only a few thousand thought to be left in the world. By adopting these this incredibly rare species, you can really give the gift of a hippopotamus for Christmas!  

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Armed and Beautiful

RhinoThe greater one-horned rhinoceros can weigh up to 6,000 pounds and stand a mighty 12.5 feet tall fully grown. Because these beautiful creatures do not use their horn for defense in the wild, their horn may appear shorter. This is due to the rhino rubbing their horn on objects such as trees and rocks. With numbers decreasing significantly in the wild, the zoo aims to help the cause through the species survival plan set up by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Your sponsorship could help raise awareness for a vulnerable species and provide expert medical care year round.

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Giraffe Crossing

GiraffeTampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is home to three different species of giraffes: Masai, Reticulated and Rothschild. Each species has unique spots and coloration depending on their geographical location in the wild. These animals can grow to be roughly 18 feet in height and utilize their long purple tongues to retrieve food from far up in the trees. By adopting a giraffe today, your support can help provide our “gentle giants” with food, enrichment items, and medical necessities.

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Too Cute

africa elephants mbali mpumi apr 23 2016The 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 invites 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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Adopt any animal!


Every 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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*Selection of plush animals is subject to availability and change. If the plush version of your adopted species is not available, a Zoovenir patch will be included in your package.


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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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