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More time to Get Wild!
Enjoy extended hours until 7pm every weekend through April 30 (except April 1)!

Unforgettable Adventures

Experience wildlife like nowhere else! Voted Tampa’s Best Family Attraction and 11-time winner of TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award, ZooTampa offers one-of-a-kind experiences that connect people to wildlife and each other in fun and immersive ways.

Come nose-to-nose with an endangered Florida panther, witness life-saving care at our David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center, go on a safari through Africa, and so much more! Every visit supports our commitment to rescue, rehabilitate, and care for animals and continues to inspire future generations to join us in saving animals and preserving the world we share.

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Seasonal Events


February 25 through April 30

Something is buzzing in Tampa this Spring. An invasion of epic proportions. Giant larger-than-life BUGS are coming to ZooTampa. Guests will shrink down and be immersed in BUGTOPIA, the fantastic world of animals that skitter, crawl, and fly. BEE-come a Member and get unlimited chances to experience this web of fun!

Creatures of the Night

Select nights in October

Tampa Bay’s favorite family-friendly Halloween event, Creatures of the Night, returns every October at ZooTampa. Guests of all ages can enjoy eerie fun, tasty treats, and spooky surprises. Members receive free admission!

Christmas in the Wild

Select nights in November and December

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at ZooTampa with the return of Christmas in the Wild, featuring one of Tampa Bay’s largest light displays, delectable holiday treats, amazing wildlife and new festive adventures. Happening select nights in November and December, families can make new traditions and unforgettable holiday memories. Become a ZooTampa member and get free admission to special events like Christmas in the Wild.

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Zoo Happenings

Champions for Wildlife

Our commitment to protecting and preserving wildlife and the natural world we share is the foundation of everything we do. At ZooTampa, we are championing conservation efforts both locally and globally. Through our efforts, it is our vision that everyone we reach is motivated to join us in taking action to protect and preserve wildlife.
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Protecting Our Flock

Due to a confirmed case of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) on a wild bird in our county, and out of an abundance of caution, ZooTampa is initiating preventative

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Hey! what are you looking at? 
Tony, The Von Der Decken Hornbill, has a red and cream-colored bill, while females will have a solid black bill! 
#ZooTampa #Tampa #Florida #Zoo #Zoosofinstagram #zoo #animals #animal #nature #wildlife #photography #animalphotography #zoophotography
Just dropping in! 🦇
Florida is home to 13 amazing bat species that help out our daily lives! They are all insectivores that are useful during mosquito season, as one bat can eat up to 3,000 insects in a single night! Bats not only provide excellent mosquito control, but they are also great pollinators!
Smile; it's almost the weekend! 🐢
Tortoises don't have teeth, so they use the bony outer edges of the mouth to bite off and mash food. Once in the mouth, food is quickly swallowed! 🧐🐢
The elephant's trunk is capable of picking up everything from a single grain of rice to fallen logs! The trunk contains up to 40,000 individual muscles and has many uses, including smelling, vocalizing, feeding, drinking and communicating. 🐘
#ZooTampa #UnlockTampaBay #elephant #elephants #loveanimals #wildlife
Happy #WorldFrogDay! 
Did you know? The Panamanian golden frog is now considered extinct in the wild. 
While the IUCN lists it as critically endangered, these frogs are now believed to be extinct in the wild since 2007.  This species is now maintained in carefully managed survival-assurance breeding groups at facilities in Panama and in the U.S., including ZooTampa. 
As their brightly colored pattern might suggest, this species is highly poisonous but not at all harmful to humans.
Fortunately, there is still great hope for the Panamanian golden frog. Thanks to efforts from other zoos around the US and the Panamanian government, these frogs still have a good population size with the goal of rebuilding the wild population one day.
ZooTampa currently has a Panamanian golden frog in three life stages! Eggs, Tadpoles, and mature frogs! 
 #ZooTampa #loveanimals #frogs #unlockTampaBay #Tampa
Kacey, the Sun Bear, is ready for his close-up! 
The sun bear is the smallest bear species! They are experts at extracting honey from bee nests. They are arboreal, with their small size and long, curved claws helping them move from tree to tree!
#ZooTampa #Tampa #Florida #Zoo #UnlockTampaBay
Today is Save the Florida Panther Day! A day to celebrate the protection of Florida’s state animal. 🐾
At ZooTampa, we are home to three Florida panthers, Lucy, Mickey and Walter. These three serve as important ambassadors for their species. 🐾
The Florida Panther, a subspecies of the cougar, exists only in South Florida and faces population threats due to habitat destruction and fragmentation, road collisions, etc. An estimated 120-230 Florida panthers are left; the Florida panther is one of the rarest and most endangered mammals in the U.S., and is protected under both the Endangered Species Act and Florida law. 
If you live in panther country, practice-proven coexistence techniques & when driving through panther habitat; please slow down & watch the roads.
If you see a sick, injured, or dead Florida Panther, you can call 888-404-FWCC 
#ZooTampa #UnlockTampaBay #ZTsaves #FloridaPanther #cats #loveanimals #conservation #savefloridapanther #BeAware #makeadifference #Panthers
Did you know? 🧐Lorikeets are among the most colorful, charismatic birds in the world! You'll find more than 50 species in Southeast Asia, Australia and neighboring islands!🦜
#ZooTampa #Tampa #Florida #Zoo #Zoosofinstagram #zoo #animals #animal #nature #wildlife #photography #animalphotography #zoophotography
Seeing double? 👀 No, Its just Atara and Zula! 
Binturongs usually live alone or in small family groups consisting of a female and her immature offspring! These young kits are sticking together!
The Cuban iguana, like many lizards, are strong climbers with sharp claws and powerful legs. 
Our resident Cuban iguana, Sandwich, arrived after he unintentionally boarded a ship entering the United States from Cuba!🦎🚢
Today is #SaveaSpiderDay, and we are highlighting the Mexican Red-Knee tarantula named Sprinkles! 🕷️
Mexican red-kneed tarantulas are found in the southern part of Mexico, extending into the Yucatan peninsula. 
Generally seen as docile arachnids, these tarantulas are incredible hunters taking down a variety of prey that can be considered pests. They do not build webs like traditional spiders; instead, they are burrowers and tunnel into the ground the keep safe during molting and eat in peace. 
Unfortunately, the Mexican red-knee tarantula is listed as vulnerable due to the illegal pet trade. 🕷️Learn more at Wildlife Trafficking 
 #ZooTampa #ZTsaves #Spiders
Seeing double 🐅🐅
Did you know? 🧐Much like the human fingerprint, tiger stripes are unique to each individual! 🐯
Visit our Malayan Tigers this week during Spring Break! We will be operating with extended hours, 9:30 am-7:00 pm! Now through March 19 -

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Outside Food & Drinks Policy

ZooTampa at Lowry Park offers a variety of delicious food for guests at several restaurants and concession stands throughout, but we understand that guests may need to bring outside food for special dietary needs. Acceptable and prohibited food items are listed below. For the convenience of our guests, there is a picnic area located outside the park near the main parking lot.

 Acceptable Items
  • Bottled water (max 20oz bottle, sealed) one per guest
  • Small snacks for young children
  • Baby food/baby formula
  • Soft-sided insulated bags no larger than 8.5” wide x 6” high x 6” deep (limit one per child)
  • Pre-purchased empty ZooTampa souvenir cups
  • Any food required for medical purposes and medically-indicated nutritional supplements
 Prohibited Items
  • Prepared or packaged food or meals
  • Alcohol
  • Glass or any open containers or water bottles filled with beverages
  • Hard-sided coolers of any size
  • Soft-sided coolers larger than 8.5” wide x 6” high x 6” deep
  • Suitcases and soft-sided bags with wheels larger than 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high

Prohibited Items

For the safety of our animals, guests and employees, the following items are not permitted to be brought into ZooTampa:

  • Any type of explosive or weapon
  • Knives or other sharp objects
  • Pepper spray
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Marijuana
  • Illegal drugs
  • Straws
  • Clothing likely to create a danger or disturbance
  • Any hazardous items or materials

The following items are also prohibited to avoid blocking of walkways and/or trip hazards:

  • Segways
  • Hover boards
  • Two-wheeled scooters
  • Self-balancing electric vehicles
  • Shoes with wheels
  • Drones
  • Hard-sided coolers of any size
  • Soft-sided coolers larger than 8.5” wide x 6” high x 6” deep
  • Suitcases and soft-sided bags with wheels larger than 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high

Please leave any unnecessary articles secured within your vehicle to expedite your entry into the park.

We reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not observing Zoo Rules.

Pay For A Day Tickets

With a new Pay For A Day, Rest of Year Free ticket – for a limited time – you get unlimited admission through December 31, 2023 including access to our seasonal event series. Some blockout dates apply — see below for details. Not valid with any other discounts.

When does my Pay For A Day ticket expire?

For a limited time, new Pay for a Day, Rest of Year Free tickets are valid from the day of purchase until 12/31/2023 Pay for a Day, Rest of Year Free tickets which were purchased prior to October 1st, 2022 are valid until 12/31/2022.

What are the blockout dates?

3/11/23 – 3/19/23
11/24/23 – 11/26/23
12/26/23 – 12/31/23

Can I purchase a Pay For A Day ticket on a blockout date?

Yes! You can purchase a Pay for a Day, Rest of Year Free ticket for first-time use on a listed blockout date and have full access to the park on that day. Blockout dates apply to repeat visitation.

Can I use my Pay For A Day ticket on blockout dates?

If you already have your Pay for a Day, Rest of Year Free ticket and wish to visit during a listed blockout date, please stop by the Zoo’s ticketing windows for alternate options:

  1. During blockout periods, Pay For A Day ticket holders have access to significantly discounted single-day tickets.
  2. For a limited time from the date of purchase, Pay For A Day tickets can be upgraded to a Zoo Membership (with no blockout dates).
I purchased a Pay For A Day ticket online. How do I get my actual ticket?

Bring a copy of your confirmation (or show the confirmation email on your mobile device) to expedite entry into the Zoo. At your convenience during your visit you can stop by the Tours & Guest Services kiosk located just inside the Zoo to print your physical pass. No need to stand in line at the ticket windows. Walk right in!
Still have questions? Email us or call (813) 935-8552 ext. 0.