We rarely get excited about zoos and animal encounters, but ZooTampa Lowry Park is quite simply one of the best attractions we’ve ever visited. The park is laid out incredibly well, the exhibits feel up close and personal and the staff friendly and knowledgeable. We aren’t the only ones who think so – Parents Magazine has consistently voted ZooTampa 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 to 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.
The David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center
ZooTampa at Lowry Park is also proud to be the home of this critical care centre which opened in 1991 and was the first of its kind dedicated to the care of ill and injured manatees.
The centre features three 16,000 gallon care pools, plus two underwater treatment pools. There is also a public observation area where guests can observe veterinary and rehabilitation procedures as they happen. The most common injuries come from boat strike injuries, but pollution and stress can also cause illness. Seeing these gentle giants up close is an experience you won’t forget and learning what we can do to help them in their native waters is priceless.
Now you can buy one ticket and gain access to TWO terrific Tampa attractions, ZooTampa - Lowry Park + The Florida Aquarium. Hands down, two of the best animal encounters in Florida - one easy ticket. The Florida Aquarium allows you to get up close and personal with the lively world that lives underwater in the Florida ecosystem and beyond. The aquarium also works to protect and restore our blue planet on several conservation fronts, including research and rescue efforts which have specifically contributed to restoring Florida’s sea turtle and coral populations.