The Call

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 ...

Savor Spring at the Zoo

Savor Spring at the Zoo

Here at ZooTampa we’ve got something that will make your Spring Break even better: wildlife, ...

Fun in the Sun

Fun in the Sun

Written by: Katie Murray, Green Team Member It’s Spring Break, which means snowbirds will be ...

A pack that stays together

A pack that stays together

Written by: Ashley Gaia One of ZooTampa’s newest growing families is the African painted dogs. ...

Get Insider Tips-y for ZooBrews!

Get Insider Tips-y for ZooBrews!

The fun is about to beGIN! Tampa’s wildest night, ZooBrews, returns on March 2nd. Make ...

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 ...

Koala-ty Facts

Koala-ty Facts

ZooTampa is thrilled to launch the Koala Photo Encounter Presented by the Yob Family Foundation. Guests will ...

New Year. New Theme.

New Year. New Theme.

Written By: Leah Miller New Year, new theme. New Year resolutions can be hard to follow ...

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 ...

Celebrate and Give Today

Celebrate and Give Today

As we approach the end of the year, we want to thank each one of ...

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Season’s Greetings, As we enjoy the festive holiday season and 2018 draws to a close, ...

Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas lights? Check. Decorations? Check. Presents for friends and family? Oh no With 7 days ...

Top Christmas in the Wild Instagram Spots

Top Christmas in the Wild Instagram Spots

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Wild! We’ve compiled a list ...

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 ...

Meet the big guy in red!

HO HO HO! Have your wish list ready because Santa’s sleigh has landed at the ...

Birdy Spotlight: Emu

Birdy Spotlight: Emu

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

An Insider’s Guide to Christmas in the Wild!

An Insider’s Guide to Christmas in the Wild!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas in the Wild is back at ...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

As unreal as it seems, 2018 flew by and Thanksgiving is already here. It's important to pause ...

Being “Green” is More Than Just a Holiday Color

Being “Green” is More Than Just a Holiday Color

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmasand Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It’s ...

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 ...

Medusa Monday – Florida Pine Snake

Medusa Monday – Florida Pine Snake

As we’ve sadly come to the lassst Medusa Monday, we are highlighting the Florida pine ...

Birdy Spotlight – Owls

Birdy Spotlight – Owls

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

Bats – Heroes of the Night!

Bats – Heroes of the Night!

Written by Micah Carnate-Peralta As the days get shorter and the night takes over during ...

Medusa Monday – Spotted Python

Medusa Monday – Spotted Python

  We’ve ssslithered into another Medusa Monday! Today’s spotlight is on the spotted python (Antaresia ...

But First, Let Me Take A Wolfie

But First, Let Me Take A Wolfie

Booyah – we’ve compiled a list of the best Instagram spots at Creatures of the ...

Eating with Dragons?

Eating with Dragons?

Meet Aanjay! One of our very own komodo dragon here at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo! ...

Medusa Monday-Vietnamese Rhino Rat Snake

Medusa Monday-Vietnamese Rhino Rat Snake

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

An Insider’s Guide to Creatures of the Night!

An Insider’s Guide to Creatures of the Night!

Creatures of the Night returns with more scares and spooky frights at ZooTampa at Lowry ...

Medusa Monday- Pueblan Milk Snake

Medusa Monday- 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 ...

Medusa Monday- Woma Python

Medusa Monday- Woma Python

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

Medusa Monday – Madagascar Ground Boa

Medusa Monday – Madagascar Ground Boa

It’s Medusa Monday! What better way to start the week off than by featuring another ...

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 ...

Medusa Monday – Eastern indigo snake

Medusa Monday – Eastern indigo snake

This year, guests can meet Medusa, the Serpent-headed Gorgon Queen, as she steps out of ...

A Baby Okapi – One Step Closer to Survival

A Baby Okapi – One Step Closer to Survival

On the morning of Aug 21st we had a very special okapi birth! Born to ...

Meet Medusssa

Meet Medusssa

For centuries snakes and serpents have struck terror into the hearts of humankind. This often ...

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 ...

Birdy Spotlight – Storks

Birdy Spotlight – Storks

By Animal Care Professional Marcus Kowitz The 100-year anniversary of the Migratory Bird Act continues, ...

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 This is a very special year for birders ...

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 ...

Red, White, & Blue….and Green!

Red, White, & Blue….and Green!

With Independence Day right around the corner, this holiday week includes enjoying quality time with ...

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 ...

Northern White Rhino Spotlight

Northern White Rhino Spotlight

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

Birdy Spotlight!

Birdy Spotlight!

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

Day of Discovery

Day of Discovery

Sensory Christmas in the Wild December 1, 2018 | 8:00am - 9:30am ZooTampa at Lowry ...

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 ...

Arrrggghhh You A Conscious Pirate?

Arrrggghhh You A Conscious Pirate?

Written by Jane Lefave, Animal Care Professional & Member of the Zoo’s Green Team Lookout, ...

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, ...

Rejoice, Reflect & Give Today

Rejoice, Reflect & Give Today

As 2017 comes to a close, we are filled with gratitude for our donors, partners, ...

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 ...

Happy Thanksgiving from ZooTampa At Lowry Park!

Happy Thanksgiving from ZooTampa At Lowry Park!

As Thanksgiving is upon us, we gratefully pause to wish you a warm and Happy ...

Being “Green” is More Than Just a Christmas Color

Being “Green” is More Than Just a Christmas Color

Written by Lee Ann Rottman,  Vice President of Conservation It’s beginning to look a lot ...

‘Tis the Season For Wild Holiday Parties at ZooTampa

‘Tis the Season For Wild Holiday Parties at ZooTampa

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means holiday parties! Gone are the ...

November Sweater Weather and Manatee Awareness Month

November Sweater Weather and Manatee Awareness Month

November is Manatee Awareness Month! Every year we get the chance to show our appreciation ...

A Special Halloween Message From Our VP of Conservation Leeann Rottman

A Special Halloween Message From Our VP of Conservation Leeann Rottman

Happy Halloween boos and ghouls! As we get ready for trick or treating next week, ...

Spooky Spotlight

Spooky Spotlight

It’s time to shine a spooky spotlight on one of our favorite lengthy reptiles, the ...

Eating with Dragons?

Eating with Dragons?

As part of Creatures of the Night, we are spotlighting animals that are perceived as ...

Florida Strong

Florida Strong

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, we hope you and your loved ones are doing ...

Pascow & Cotee Update

Pascow & Cotee Update

Remember Pascow and Cotee? After a heroic rescue in New Port Richey, the manatee mom ...

Camp from a Camp Counselor

Camp from a Camp Counselor

A counselor of Zoo School Summer Camp, Sam, wrote a special blog on his experience ...

Parents Love Zoo Camp Too!

Parents Love Zoo Camp Too!

A parent of resident Zoo School Summer campers, Ms. Dana, wrote a special blog on ...

My Day At Zoo Camp

My Day At Zoo Camp

A resident Zoo School Summer camper, Tiare, wrote a special blog on her time here ...

A Mothers fight for Her Calf

A Mothers fight for Her Calf

A mother manatee and calf were rescued from a canal on Wednesday, May 10. After ...

Caring for our Aging Animals- Geriatric and End of Life Care at the Zoo

Today our Zoo family is deeply saddened as we say a respectful goodbye to Gahiji, ...

Meet Micanopy

Meet Micanopy

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