ABOUT ZOOTAMPA AT LOWRY PARK
ZooTampa’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and care for animals; create exceptional personalized experiences that connect people with wildlife and each other in fun, immersive ways.
Eight time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2010-2018), ZooTampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern U.S., with over 1 million visitors annually. ZooTampa has now grown to what now encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic animal exhibits in a lush, tropical garden setting. The Zoo offers popular educational programming, fun recreational amenities, up-close animal encounters and engaging seasonal events for which it has won accolades as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos.
The Zoo emphasizes endangered, threatened and vulnerable species from climates similar to that of the Tampa Bay region, with park areas devoted to Asia, Africa, Australia and Florida. Our animal habitats balance support for the maximum well-being of the animals with the importance of engaging our guests and inspiring them to protect and preserve wildlife. Random animal encounters, behind-the-scene tours, and other special personalized experiences expand the Zoo’s opportunities to provide unforgettable natural connections.
CONSERVATION & ANIMAL CARE
The Zoo now cares for more than 1,300 animals. The Zoo participates in nearly 100 of AZA’s networks for managing endangered and threatened species, and has won numerous awards for its animal conservation and management programs. The State of Florida formally recognized the Zoo in 2004 as a center for biodiversity and conservation. It exhibits the most comprehensive species of endangered Florida wildlife anywhere. This is best reflected in the work they do every day at the Jacarlene Animal Care Campus which features the Tiedemann-Cotton Animal Care Annex, and the Catherine Lowry Straz Veterinary Hospital which has earned accreditation with the American Association of Animal Hospitals (AAHA) twice since opening in 2015. ZooTampa is the only zoo in USA to have ever earned that distinction.
ZOOTAMPA AT LOWRY PARK
At ZooTampa guests can feel the rush of a macaw soaring above during the daily flyover, get nose-to-horn with an Indian Rhino, meet an African penguin and more!
Adventurers can get up-close to the Zoo’s famous animal ambassadors, listen to engaging animal chats or stroll the Zoo’s tropical and lush gardens. Families can splash in water play areas, discover a hidden part of Florida and feel the roar of the Zoo’s new wild water adventure Roaring Springs!
ZooTampa at Lowry Park is located just 15 minutes from Tampa International Airport and one hour from Orlando.