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Exotic animals in their natural surroundings.

Florida Wildlife

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Florida is home to a wide variety of exotic animals - including 760 species that exist nowhere else in the world. Here, there are 548 species of plants and animals that are threatened with extinction, including the critically endangered Florida Panther. You can see many of these species, including the Panther and the Manatee, here in the Native Florida Wildlife habitat at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.

David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center


The Florida Manatee and Aquatic Center at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo expands the traditional boundaries of a zoo, focusing efforts on critical care for injured, sick, and orphaned wild manatees through the Zoo’s David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center. It is the only non-profit, acute care facility in the world specifically dedicated to critical care for injured, sick, and orphaned wild manatees, and one of just three contracted and federally permitted manatee rehabilitation facilities in the state of Florida. Two observation areas provide both an above-ground view of staff at work and an underwater view of Florida’s rich aquatic life.

Florida Boardwalk


Stroll along the boardwalk and see the many animals whose native habitat is Florida. From land, sea and sky, you'll be amazed at all the wonderful creatures that make Florida their home.


Manatee & Aquatic Center


Connect to Florida’s beloved and endangered manatee at the Florida Manatee and Aquatic Center. The Zoo has rescued over 400 injured Florida manatees and is a designated treatment facility for critically injured manatees. Guests can visit two viewing areas pools containing diverse aquatic life, as well as special views of Zoo animal care staff caring for manatees rescued from the wild.

Stingray Bay


Reach out and touch a real live stingray, at Stingray Bay! Surprisingly friendly, and smooth and silky to the touch, these cownose stingrays will come to the side of the pool so you can touch or feed them. Look out for the splash! Stingray food may be purchased for $5 each.

ZooVentures Theater


Home to the Birds of Prey Show and other special events, ZooVentures Theater is an open-air ampitheater in the Native Florida section of the Zoo. Be sure to check out the daily schedule of live shows when you plan your trip—there's always something happening onstage! It's the perfect place to sit back, relax and learn more about our living world.

Today at the Zoo

Jan 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM “Spirits of the Sky” Birds of Prey Show
Type: Daily Shows & Talks
Location: ZooVentures Theater
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Included with Admission
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Jan 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM “Spirits of the Sky” Birds of Prey Show
Type: Daily Shows & Talks
Location: ZooVentures Theater
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Included with Admission
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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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