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Lowland Nyala

Lowland Nyala

Written by: Blayne Selley The first thing most people notice about Lowland Nyala is their ...

Fall Events

Fall Events

Summer was an exciting time at ZooTampa! After spending seven months in mom’s pouch, we ...

National Iguana Awareness Day

National Iguana Awareness Day

Written By: Spencer Shultz The Cuban iguana, like many lizards, are strong climbers with sharp ...

Manatees and Boat Strikes

Manatees and Boat Strikes

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s semiannual report, boat strike injuries are ...

International Orangutan Day

International Orangutan Day

Written By: Katherine Burton   Happy International Orangutan Day!   Zoo Tampa is home to eight ...

Action Indonesia Day

Action Indonesia Day

Written By: Marie Filipek Today, ZooTampa will be celebrating the first ever “Action Indonesia Day”, ...

Meerkat Family

Meerkat Family

Written By: Madison Underwood, Animal Care Professional Meerkat families, also known as mobs, have a ...

Indigo Snake Release

Indigo Snake Release

Written By: Spencer Schultz The Indigo is a beautiful black snake that has an iridescent ...

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July

Written by: Katie Murray Environmental experts estimate there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic ...

Inca Tern Chicks

Inca Tern Chicks

Spring was in the air for our Inca tern colony! Back in April, our two ...

World Parrot Day

World Parrot Day

Did you know parrots are among some of the most threatened groups of birds worldwide? ...

WILD SUMMER

WILD SUMMER

Looking for the perfect summer camp for your child? Well look no further because we’ve ...

Tapir Family

Tapir Family

Known as “living fossils”, tapirs are the most primitive large mammal in the world, dating ...

Save The  Frogs Day

Save The Frogs Day

Written By: Spencer Schultz Panamanian golden frogs, Atelopus zeteki, are highly important cultural representatives in ...

African Penguins

African Penguins

Written by Animal Care Professional, Micah Carnate-Peralta   Did you know African penguins are still ...

Earth Day

Earth Day

We all know that “April showers bring May flowers,” but have you ever considered how ...

Going Batty on International Bat Appreciation Day

Going Batty on International Bat Appreciation Day

By Tessa Giannini, Animal Care Professional  There are over 1,300 species of bats in the ...

World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day

Written By: Christi Reiter Happy World Elephant Day! Elephants are incredibly intelligent and strong, but ...

Gift Shop Finds

Did you know that every purchase at the Zoo, from an annual Membership to a ...

Earth Hour

Earth Hour

By Katie Murray, ZooTampa Green Team Did you know 75% of the electricity used to ...

A Letter from the CEO

A Letter from the CEO

Dear Zoo friends, After extensive renovations to the David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care ...

Fun in the Sun

Fun in the Sun

Written by: Katie Murray, Green Team Member Summer is almost here! This means more fun ...

Have a Green National Battery Day!

Have a Green National Battery Day!

Energize your day! Today, February 18th, is National Battery Day and in celebration we’d like ...

Oh deer, it’s a blue duiker!

Oh deer, it’s a blue duiker!

By Amanda Wright, Animal Care Professional Oh Deer - well not quite! This Bambi look-a-like ...

Choose the Earth to be your Valentine

Choose the Earth to be your Valentine

By Katie Murray, Green Team In January, you made the normal resolutions for yourself, but ...

Tuesdays are for the Toddlers!

Tuesdays are for the Toddlers!

Looking for fun toddler-friendly activities? ZooTampa is here to help! The first Tuesday of the ...

2018 Year of the Bird Campaign “Wrap-up”

2018 Year of the Bird Campaign “Wrap-up”

Written by:  Julie Tomita, Animal Care Manager   It is hard to believe that we ...

A Tapir Christmas Baby is on the Way!

A Tapir Christmas Baby is on the Way!

Written by: Chris Massaro, General Curator Christmas may come early at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, where ...

Birdy Spotlight: Emu

Birdy Spotlight: Emu

Written By Animal Care Professional Amanda Wright What do you see in your mind’s eye ...

Green Tips from the Green Team

Green Tips from the Green Team

‘Tis the season! Holiday cheer, delicious food, connecting with loved ones andrecycling? November 15th is probably ...

Building a Pack with Seven New Puppies

Building a Pack with Seven New Puppies

Written by: Animal Care Professional Ashley Gaia, Africa Team Last year, ZooTampa at Lowry Park ...

The Puerto Rican Crested Toad: Working together to save a tiny toad

The Puerto Rican Crested Toad: Working together to save a tiny toad

By Lee Ann Rottman, VP of Conservation The Puerto Rican crested toad, Peltophryne lemur,is the ...

Florida Pine Snake

Florida Pine Snake

The Florida pine snake is native to the Southeastern United States, but primarily found in ...

Birdy Spotlight – Owls

Birdy Spotlight – Owls

Written by:  Ryanne Sullivan, Animal Care Professional In honor of Halloween, this month’s birdy spotlight ...

Spotted Python

Spotted Python

Today’s spotlight is on the spotted python (Antaresia maculosa). The spotted python can be found ...

World Lizard Day

World Lizard Day

Meet Aanjay and Titus two of our very own komodo dragons here at ZooTampa at ...

Vietnamese Rhino Rat Snake

Vietnamese Rhino Rat Snake

This week’s ssslithery ssspotlight is on the Vietnamese rhino rat snake. The rhino rat snake ...

\Pueblan Milk Snake

\Pueblan Milk Snake

“Red on yellow will kill a fellow, but red on black is a friend of ...

Birdy Spotlight – Vultures

Birdy Spotlight – Vultures

By Tessa Giannini, Animal Care Professional, Aviary 2018 has been celebrated as The Year of ...

Woma Python

Woma Python

We’re ssslithering into the week with the woma python! The woma python snake is native ...

Madagascar Ground Boa

Madagascar Ground Boa

What better way to start the week off than by featuring another one of our ...

Two Turtle-y Amazing Weeks Down Under

Two Turtle-y Amazing Weeks Down Under

By Ryan O\'Shea, Veterinary Team On Friday, July 20 2018, I began my journey to ...

A Tail of Two Okapi

A Tail of Two Okapi

By Senior Veterinarian Dr. Ray Ball While discussing ruminants with my animal nutrition class, I ...

All About Storks

All About Storks

By Animal Care Professional Marcus Kowitz   African Open-billed Stork This particular species stands 3-feet-tall ...

Making progress on the manatee critical care center

Making progress on the manatee critical care center

By Joe Couceiro, President and Chief Executive Officer A hallmark of ZooTampa at Lowry Park ...

Birdy Spotlight – Hornbills

Birdy Spotlight – Hornbills

Written by Josh Caraballo, Animal Care Professional Hornbills come in all shapes and sizes here ...

A Stunning Bird with a Stunning Surgery

A Stunning Bird with a Stunning Surgery

Written by Dr. Lauren Smith, Veterinarian If you’ve seen our Bird of Prey show at ...

Saving Great Apes

Saving Great Apes

Today is the day famous primatologist, Dr. Jane Goodall, first stepped foot in what is ...

A Little Florida History, Y’all

A Little Florida History, Y’all

Roaring Springs presented by Pinch a Penny is the all-new, family water adventure that plays ...

Pretty in Pink – Roseate Spoonbills

Pretty in Pink – Roseate Spoonbills

Written by Micah Carnate-Peralta, Animal Care Professional During the first few months of 2018, we traveled ...

Next Generation of Elephant Management Workshop at ZooTampa

Next Generation of Elephant Management Workshop at ZooTampa

Written by General Curator, Chris Massaro On May 18th, ZooTampa hosted the Next Generation of ...

Country Store Shoppin’

Country Store Shoppin’

With the brand-new family, water adventure Roaring Springs opening up, we wanted to give y’all ...

Four Extremely Rare Red Wolf Pups Born at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Four Extremely Rare Red Wolf Pups Born at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

By Jennifer Galbraith, Animal Care Professional – Florida Mammals Red wolves are a species that ...

Saving a Species: Eastern Indigo Snakes

Saving a Species: Eastern Indigo Snakes

Written by Lewis Single, Animal Care Professional  ZooTampa has partnered with the Central Florida Zoo’s ...

The Bond of a Mom & Baby

The Bond of a Mom & Baby

MOM. It is a word that makes us think of someone who loves us unconditionally, ...

Birdy Spotlight: Waterfowl

Birdy Spotlight: Waterfowl

Written by Alex Gianetti, Animal Care Professional This is a very special year for the ...

Happy Earth Day, Zoo Friends!

Happy Earth Day, Zoo Friends!

Written by Katie Allen and Tyson Facto, Animal Care Professionals St Petersburg, FL has started a ...

Saving a Species

Saving a Species

Sudan, a 45-year-old Northern white rhino who lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, ...

Birdy Spotlight!

Birdy Spotlight!

Written by Kristen Merrill, Animal Care Professional In celebration of the Year of the Bird, ...

Transforming a Zoo

Transforming a Zoo

Creative Sign Designs is honored to be a part of big changes coming from Lowry ...

Green, Rare & New at the Zoo

Green, Rare & New at the Zoo

We are so excited to welcome six new Fiji banded iguanas to our Zoo family! ...

The Story of Tres

The Story of Tres

Written by Dr. Ray Ball, Vice President of Medical Sciences & Senior Veterinarian  What has ...

Birdy Spotlight: Edward Pheasants

Birdy Spotlight: Edward Pheasants

  Written by Danny Buccelli, Animal Care Professional This is a very special year for ...

What is Happening Behind The Scenes in The Reptile House?

What is Happening Behind The Scenes in The Reptile House?

By Dan Costell, Animal Care Manager of Herps & Aquatics MAY 1, 2018 UPDATE – ...

Building A Beak For A Marabou Stork

Building A Beak For A Marabou Stork

  In 2017, the Zoo welcomed a new Marabou stork, Djembe (pronounced “Jembay”).  It is ...

The Bond Of A Mother & Baby, A Message From Our VP Of Conservation

The Bond Of A Mother & Baby, A Message From Our VP Of Conservation

Written by Lee Ann Rottman, Vice President of Conservation We are so excited to welcome ...

2018 is For The Birds!

2018 is For The Birds!

Written by Julie Tomita, Animal Care Manager At ZooTampa, we celebrate our birds on a ...

A Pygmy Message From Our VP Of Conservation, Lee Ann Rottman

A Pygmy Message From Our VP Of Conservation, Lee Ann Rottman

Written by Lee Ann Rottman, Vice President of Conservation Hi Zoo Friends, On Dec 1st, ...

We Got A Pygmy Hippopotamus For Christmas

We Got A Pygmy Hippopotamus For Christmas

Christmas came early at the Zoo with the birth of a rare baby in an ...

Meet Micanopy

Meet Micanopy

Meet Micanopy – an endangered two-year-old, Florida panther that now calls the Zoo home. Micanopy ...