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Join our animal care team on an inside look into our incredible animals that call the Zoo home on this exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Tour! Explore the Zoo in this golf cart led adventure to the Manatee Hospital, Veterinary Clinic, Commissary, Elephant Barn, and Rhino encounter. Guests will embark on the journey of lifetime to discover the amazing work done by the Zoo, including an opportunity to feed, interact or observe a rhinoceros up-close. You’ll learn exactly how the Zoo is a leader in conservation, and how you can join us in those efforts.

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  • Members $27.95 per person   Buy Now
  • Non-Members$29.95 per person   Buy Now

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Rhino Encounter

Get an up-close, unforgettable experience with a Greater one-horned rhino, commonly known as an Indian Rhino - a rare endangered species. 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!
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  • Members $18 per person   Buy Now
  • Non-Members$20 per person   Buy Now

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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.
  • Members $13 per person   Buy Now
  • Non-Members$15 per person   Buy Now

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  • Tampa Bay City Pass
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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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