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.




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.




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.