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Lowry Park Zoo
Very rarely do we get over excited about zoos and animal
encounters, but Lowry Park is quite simply one of the best attractions we’ve
ever visited. The park is laid out incredibly
well, the exhibits feel very up close and personal and the staff friendly and knowledgeable. We aren’t
the only ones who think so – Parents Magazine has consistently voted Lowry Park
as the #1 zoo in the USA.
With more than 1,000 animals, housed in 56 acres of lush natural habitats, the diverse collection is suited for the Tampa climate. Engaging interactive exhibits mean close, but safe contact with many species in the Zoo.
One of the most entertaining habitat areas has to be Primate World. Bornean orang-utans, chimpanzees, brilliant-coloured mandrills and tiny marmosets and tamarins are among those you can spot. The majority of these primates are endangered, so it provides a unique experience not only in learning about them, but what can be done to protect them.
Lowry Park is also home to The David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Hospital which cares for manatees rescued from the wild. This is the only non-profit manatee hospital in the world and to date the hospital has cared for more than 330 manatees. Descend below sea level for an underwater glimpse in the observation pools. You'll be mesmerised by these gentle giants.