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Protect the Manatees

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is widely known for caring for critically injured, sick and orphaned manatees. This endangered species has been at the heart of the Zoo’s commitment to conservation of Florida wildlife for more than 20 years. Without support from you and others in our community, the Zoo cannot continue critical care of manatees. Your gift will help the Zoo treat manatee patients, reach visitors every day about what it takes to save these Florida treasures, and have a positive impact on the survival of this species.

Manatee Hospital

The Zoo’s David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Hospital is the only non-profit, acute care facility of its kind specifically dedicated to critical care for injured, sick and orphaned wild manatees, and one of just three contracted federally permitted manatee rehabilitation facilities in the state of Florida.

Originally constructed in 1990, the facility's manatee life-support system needs to be upgraded, the aquatic center building needs to be renovated, and the Zoo guest area where you can see veterinary staff and Zoo keepers caring for injured manatees needs to be improved. Recently, the Zoo received a $500,000 challenge match from Tampa residents Marylou and Jim Bailey. These funds have been dedicated to make significant improvements to the Zoo’s Manatee and Aquatic Center, which includes The David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Hospital.

The high standards of care exhibited to manatees is carried across all the animals in our care. This is reflected in the new veterinary hospital at the Jacarlene Animal Care Campus and the newly created Veterinary Fellowship with USF COPH. Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is also currently the only zoological facility to have earned accreditation with the American Association of Animal Hospitals (AAHA).

Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization; TIN#59-2328289.

Florida State Registration:
Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, Inc.  - Registration no.: CH140
Lowry Park Zoo Endowment Foundation, Inc. - Registration no.: CH20389
A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the State. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.
Division of Consumer Services | p: (800)435-7352 |

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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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