LOWRY PARK ZOO, TAMPA
Lowry Park Zoo
Re-opened at its current site in 1988, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is today ranked the number one zoo in the U.S. (Parents magazine 2009 & Child magazine 2004) and recognized by the State of Florida as a center for Florida wildlife conservation and biodiversity (HB 457).
In September 2001, the Lowry Park Zoo opened Stingray Bay where visitors can pet and feed stingrays in a 16,000-gallon touch pool. Stingray Bay marked
the newest interactive exhibit at the Zoo since the Children's Petting Zoo and Lorikeet Landing until May 11, 2002, when the Zoo opened Wallaroo Station - a 4.5-acre Australian-themed family zoo that includes a wide variety of Australian animals. In 2004, the Zoo will open an 11-acre African exhibit,
which will play host to several African animal species.
The zoo features a larger collection of Florida species than any other zoo and includes:
- Key Deer
- American Alligator
- Roseate Spoonbill
- Florida Panther
- American Crocodile
- North American River Otter
- and many other species.
The zoo also features several hands-on exhibits, including:
- Lorikeet feeding
- Stingray feeding
- Camel rides
- Interactive discovery center
- Petting area
- River ecotour
- West Indian Manatee encounters
The most recent addition to the zoo is Safari Africa, which houses African elephants, giraffe, Grant's Zebra, White Rhinoceros, shoebill stork, okapi, meerkats and other African species. One of the zoos oldest sections, the Asian Domain, was renovated and renamed the Asian Gardens in 2007. Exhibits there include Indian Rhinoceros, Sumatran Tigers, Babirusa Pig, Komodo Dragon, Clouded Leopard, Sloth Bear and an Indonesian-themed Sulawesi Aviary.
With more than 1,700 animals, housed in
56 acres of lush natural habitats, it's a diverse collection that is suited for our local climate. With engaging interactive exhibits visitors can enjoy close, but safe contact with many
species in the Zoo. Guests can see most animals in one of eight habitat areas. After your
virtual safari, make sure you come to visit Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
Lowry Park Zoo
1101 West Sligh Avenue
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