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Did you know the Aldabra tortoise is second only to the Galapagos as the biggest land tortoise in the world? The Zoo gives you the chance to get up-close with these fascinating reptiles and spend time with the team that cares for these gentle giants. View detailed information, click here.

Purchase your Tortoise Encounter today - only $10 per person for members and $15 per person for non-members!

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Nose-to-Horn Rhino Encounter


Get an up-close, unforgettable experience with a Greater one-horned rhino, commonly known as an Indian Rhino - a rare species vulnerable to extinction. During this once-in-a-lifetime experience, guests will feed and learn about this incredible species. A Zoo photographer will capture this interaction, don’t forget to use #tlpz! View detailed information, click here.

Purchase your Rhino Encounter today - starting at $14.95 per person for members and $17.95 per person for non-members!

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  • Park Area

    Asian Gardens

  • Ages

    6 to 12, 13 to 17, Adults, and Seniors

Feed the Giraffes


This is your chance to look the world's tallest animal straight in the eyes. As you stand on the feeding plateau, you'll be almost as tall as our friendly giraffes. You can also feed these hungry vegetarians a bit of lettuce for only $5.

A Zootastic photographer will be present during your encounter and photos are available for purchase near the Zoo's main entrance.

Touch & Feed the Stingrays


Stingray Bay is an interactive experience allowing guests to come hand-to-fin with our school of stingrays. Watch these beautiful animals “fly” through the water and be delighted as their slippery bodies brush under your fingertips. Smooth and silky to the touch, the stingrays will come over to the side of their pool so you can touch and feed them. Stingray food may be purchased for $5 each.

Feed the Lorikeets


Full of brightly colored feathered friends, Lorikeet Landing offers a thrilling experience for bird lovers. These birds are not shy. They will fly above your head and land on your shoulders - and if you purchase a nectar cup, they will eat from it as you hold it in your hands. Nectar may be purchased for $5.

Visit the Petting Zoo


Come face-to-face with a few of our farm animal friends, including goats, llamas, horses and pigs. And don't be shy! You'll have the opportunity to pet, brush and feed our playful pygmy goats. Notice: The Petting Zoo will close at Dusk for animal safety.

Walk with the Wallabies


Wallaby Walkabout transports guests to the Australian Outback. A winding path allows guests to 'walk about' where the wallabies and are free to roam - so don't be surprised if they hop on up to say "hello"! Notice: Walk with the Wallabies will close at Dusk for animal safety.

Macaw Flyover


Watch these beautiful, brightly colored birds in flight, as they soar above your head and between strategically placed perches located throughout the Zoo, beginning at the Zoo’s Main Entrance.

Barnyard Animal Show


During this presentation we explain the natural and individual history of the goats at the Zoo. Trainers demonstrate positive reinforcement training with 2-3 of our goats from the petting zoo. Guests have the opportunity to interact with the goats after the presentation and follow a trainer while asking the animals to present specific behaviors.

Pony Mingle


Hay there! Stop horsing around and come check out the ponies as they walk with their keepers through Wallaroo Station. You can see these precious ponies up close and watch how they interact with their keepers.

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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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