The next time you are in Tampa, be sure to stop by Tampa Zoo at Lowry Park. This zoo is one of my favorites. Maybe you have seen a glimpse of Zoo Tampa on Secrets of the Zoo. In addition to the animals that they care for, the zoo has many programs and events to raise money for conservation and education of endangered species.
One of my favorite exhibits is the manatee exhibit. I could watch these beautiful creatures all day long. Most of the manatees here are rescued and many get released back into the wild once they have been rehabilitated.
The zoo also has, as expected, a large section dedicated to Florida wildlife including alligators, panthers, stingrays (exhibit currently under construction), river otters, and large variety of birds.
There is a section for children which includes a splash pad, kiddie rides, petting zoo, and snacks.
Another favorite is the chimpanzee exhibit. How entertaining these beautiful animals are. At Christmastime, staff will wrap up their treats as presents. The chimpanzees will get their gift, unwrap it, and surprise… their favorite treat.
The Africa section includes several beautiful giraffe, elephants, rhinos, painted dogs, a pygmy hippo, and zebras.
Throughout the year, the zoo hosts a variety of family friendly events including Creature’s of the Night (Halloween), Christmas in the Wild, Noon Years Eve, ZooBrews, Karamu Gala, Sunset Safari, Fitness in the Wild, Breakfast in the Wild, and more. My husband and I attended a comedy show back in the spring which was held to raise money for conservation efforts. Food, drinks, and lot of laughs … a great combination!
I can’t say enough good things about this zoo. It is a beautiful location in the heart of Tampa that absolutely deserves a visit the next time you are in town.