Dear Friend of the Zoo,
You probably remember your last visit to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo as one that was fun, filled with new sights and sounds, and hopefully one that left you more inspired about the wildlife around you, both locally and throughout the world. What you may not know is that your enjoyable visit is linked to a deeper mission to connect people with the living earth, inspire us all to treasure the natural world and act wisely on its behalf. Being a steward of this mission includes safeguarding the animal collection that we have, expanding every visitor’s educational experience, and growing the long-term financial resources of the Lowry Park Zoo Endowment Foundation.
To ensure that we reach these important goals and continue serving the community as one of the most popular cultural facilities in Florida, the leadership of Lowry Park Zoo publicly announced the $10 million New Horizons Campaign last December. The Campaign will provide vital support for the development of a new, innovative Veterinary Hospital and Animal Science and Conservation Center, as well as updates and refinements to the popular Mason M. and Charles P. Lykes Florida Wildlife Center. It also includes projects at the Manatee and Aquatic Center, the David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Hospital, and future exhibits that will feature additional African species and the wildlife of Latin America, as well as various educational initiatives throughout the Zoo.
We agreed to Co-Chair this campaign because we believe it is vital to the future of the far-reaching work of Lowry Park Zoo. Currently the Campaign has raised $6 million toward these needed projects and plans, and we would like to invite you to join us in supporting the Zoo with a multi-year pledge or a one-time gift to the New Horizons Campaign. You can give online through this secure website.
We encourage you to visit the Zoo again soon, check out the exciting changes and additions found at the Florida Wildlife Center and around the Zoo, and discover what new creatures you may have missed before. Thank you again for your consideration of a pledge or gift to the New Horizons Campaign. We are grateful for your support!
Dick Stohler & Robert Thomas