Rose is responsible for the overall day-to-day management of ZT’s guest experience, ensuring the brand positioning is consistent with brand deliverables. The following functions report to Rose: park operations, admissions, merchandise, guest engagement, facilities management, and marketing. Rose brings more than 40 years of experience in theme park and attraction marketing, business development, and strategic planning. Prior to joining ZT, Rose served as the Chief Operating Officer at The Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa. Previously, Rose spent 30 years working for SeaWorld and Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC), including management positions in six of BEC’s ten parks.
Dr. Stringfield is responsible for all animal health, science, education, and veterinary services. Stringfield also strategically guides all aspects of ZooTampa’s conservation programming, research, and fieldwork through the ZT Saves initiative. Stringfield brings more than 35 years of experience as a medical professional. Most recently, Stringfield was a member of the animal health team at the Santa Barbara Zoo and a professor and department chair of the Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College. Prior to that, she was a clinical and supervising veterinarian at the Los Angeles Zoo. Additionally, through U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Stringfield was the California Condor Veterinary Coordinator and Advisor for 17 years and a member of the California Condor Recovery Team during the incredible recovery of this endangered species. Stringfield also brings extensive big cat experience to ZooTampa, and is very excited to again work with USFWS and be part of the Florida Panther Recovery Program.
Massaro is responsible for providing strategic leadership to all daily zoological operations aligned with ZooTampa’s brand, mission, and core values, including animal acquisition, disposition, exhibit management, animal husbandry, and guest engagement. He oversees the overall day-to-day management of ZT’s Animal Care Team, including providing exemplary care and enrichment activities for the Zoo’s animal population. Massaro ensures animal care staff is progressively trained to exceed applicable protocols and is responsible for ensuring compliance with all federal and state regulations and AZA policies. He has more than 20 years of experience in the care, welfare, and management of animals right here in Tampa. Massaro has been responsible for advancing a number of our animal care programs, including developing a model elephant program that produced the first naturally conceived elephant calves ever born at ZT. Massaro is also a member of the AZA rhinoceros’ taxon advisory group, contributing his expertise, focus, and commitment to the long-term survival of rhinos both in human care and beyond.
McLachlan’s responsibilities include developing, implementing, and evaluating empathy practices at the Zoo through natural connections and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programming. She is also responsible for broadening local and national program involvement through collaboration and partnerships, some of which include Tampa Bay STEM Network, Champions for Children, Early Learning Coalition, The Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library, Positive Wide Behavior Program through the University of South Florida, MacDonald Training Center, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities through the University of South Florida, and Beacon College Anthrozoology class. She develops innovative funding opportunities that empower lifelong learners to appreciate, protect, and understand the world around them. She fosters related opportunities for all ages, socio-economic backgrounds, abilities, and education levels in the community. McLachlan also establishes strategic partnerships with compatible conservation organizations and oversees ZooTampa’s Early Childhood Education program (“Zoo School”), bringing over 20 years of experience in the environmental education field, inclusive of work within a nonprofit zoological setting.
THE LOWRY PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF TAMPA, INC.
Robert Thomas, Board Chair
Steve Stagg, Board Vice Chair
Dan Honegger, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Stephanie Stanfield, Secretary
Keenan Baldwin, Government Affairs Committee Chair
Kerrie Campbell, Human Capital Committee Chair
Nelson Castellano, Nominating & Governance Committee Chair
Frank Hancock, Audit Committee Chair
Dr. Ken Atwater
Commissioner Ken Hagan
Carl Lindell, Jr.
Devanand Mangar, MD
Governor Bob Martinez
Tracy McGrady, Jr.
Councilman Charlie Miranda
Senator Darryl Rouson
Catherine Lowry Straz
Carlton Ward, Jr.
LIFETIME HONORARY MEMBERS
Sally Lowry Baldwin (dec)
Mrs. Mason Lykes (dec)
Dick Stohler, Chair
Elizabeth Fowler, Secretary
Liz Dimmitt, Treasurer
Stacy Miller, Director
Bet Snyder, Director
The ZooTampa Endowment Foundation exists to ensure excellence in conservation and education programs, and meaningful recreational experiences with wildlife accessible to everyone. We also have a community of generous donors who support the endowment by:
1. Please make one field trip per reservation order. Complete one and start a new one if you have multiple days you are booking.
2. Headcount can be approximate. Please include children and adults in your headcount. Please do not include pass holders in your headcount for a ticket.
3. On the ticket page, choose the correct grade level (to the left of your screen) to receive the correct chaperone ratio.
4. On the ticket page, when on the calendar section, the number of tickets available will appear in the top right corner for each particular day. Tickets available include children and adults. If you have more people than tickets available, please choose another day.
5. Anyone that is ordering lunch, even pass holders and adults that receive free chaperone tickets, do need to pay for a lunch IF they are ordering one. Free chaperone tickets and pass holders are for admission only.
6. Payment does not need to be paid at the time of registration. Choose the pay upon arrival option if you would like one person to pay for your entire trip on the day of your visit.
7. The prices of adult and children’s tickets are different.
8. You will receive a confirmation number and confirmation letter via email when your trip is confirmed. If you do not, please contact Jamie.Elkington@Zootampa.org right away.
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.
For the safety of our animals, guests and employees, the following items are not permitted to be brought into ZooTampa:
The following items are also prohibited to avoid blocking of walkways and/or trip hazards:
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.
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: