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I am really excited to tell you about Tampa's Lowry Park zoo. I haven't been to the zoo since I was a child so it has completely changed I remember we used to have our family reunion there every year so it brings back a lot of memories. Our whole family was so excited to go and when we got there we were even more excited to see what was ahead for us. There are so many things to do at this do like see the animals go to the Wallaroo zoo, there is also a splash area for the kids to play in the water.
They have a aviary where you can feed the birds they have a place that looks like the aquarium where you can see the penguins of turtles all the fish. They have little kiddie rides they have shows, all the shows were closed when we went there though we didn't see any shows that day. They also have this water ride it's kind of like a log ride but that was closed also.
I think one of the kids favorite things about the park was the splash area and the Wallaroo zoo where they were able to pet the goats and animals. Everywhere we turned there was something new to do. If your from out of town or state and are looking for something fun to do with the whole family look no further check out Lowry Park Zoo!!
Animals & Habitat Areas
Stand on the feeding plateau of Safari Africa and get eye-to-eye with the tallest animals in the world. You can also feed the giraffes lettuce, on sale at the feeding station for $5 each.
Wallaroo Station Interactive Experiences
Wallaroo Station offers many hands on exhibits. You can feed and pet the goats in the Goat Yard, walk with wallabies and more.
HOP on over to The Harrell Discovery Center and enter the world of frogs and toads. With aquariums full of exotic and endangered frog and toad species, you can learn about our amphibian friends!
Full of brightly colored birds, Lorikeet Landing offers a thrilling experience for Zoo-goers. These birds will land on you and if you purchase nectar for $3 per cup, they will eat out of a small cup as you hold it.
Don't be afraid, be delighted as these slippery stingrays brush under your fingertips. Smooth and silky to the touch, the sting rays will come over to the side of their pool so you can touch and feed them. Watch out-- you might get splashed! Stingray food may be purchased for $5 each.
About the 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 & Childmagazine 2004) and recognized by the State of Florida as a center for Florida wildlife conservation and biodiversity (HB 457).
The region's only dedicated zoological garden, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo was designed to enhance quality of life in greater Tampa Bay as an affordable leisure destination and center for education and endangered species conservation.
Natural outdoor exhibits for more than 1,000 animals from Florida and similar habitats include a Native Florida Wildlife Center and manatee hospital, Asian Gardens, Primate World, Free-Flight Aviaries, Wallaroo Station children's zoo, and Safari Africa. The Zoo also features rides, shows and hands-on interactive exhibits designed to give you a WILD experience.
The Florida Environmental Education Center ( Zoo School) serves more than 147,000 children annually. Programs offered are summer and holiday camps, daycare, preschool, and kindergarten .
Zoo Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Subject to close for special events or inclement weather.
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo features 56 acres of lush, natural habitats comprising seven main exhibit areas: Asian Domain, Primate World, Manatee and Aquatic Center, Florida Wildlife Center, Free-Flight Aviary, Wallaroo Station children's zoo, and the new Safari Africa.
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoological Society, in agreement with the City of Tampa, operates Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and provides programs in education and conservation to benefit the general public and to enhance the quality of life in Tampa Bay. Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo also exists as a center for conservation of endangered wildlife both locally and around the globe.
Tampa's first zoo was established in the late 1930s on the banks of the Hillsborough River in Plant Park. It consisted of a small collection of indigenous animals such as raccoons, alligators and an aviary with a variety of exotic birds. As the collection grew, the animals were moved to the more centrally located Lowry Park in 1957, by Mayor Nick Nuccio, where it was maintained by Tampa's Parks Department.
In 1961, General Sumter L. Lowry, Jr. gave the Zoo its most prominent exotic animal, Sheena, an 18-month-old Asian elephant. This event provided the impetus for expanding and diversifying the animal collection. As the collection continued to grow through the 1970s, the need to upgrade the habitats and present the animals in natural settings became an issue fully embraced by the Tampa Bay community, which resulted in the formation of an organization dedicated to building a first-class zoological garden.
The Lowry Park Zoo Association was formed in 1982, at the suggestion of the Tampa Parks Department, Mayor Bob Martinez, and private citizens who shared a common vision. Its mission was to raise awareness of Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and promote a public-private partnership to fund the renaissance of Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. The zoo architectural firm, Design Consortium, Ltd., was hired in 1984, to develop a 24-acre master plan.