Older kids, pre-teens and adults can make their way through an enchanting forest filled with overgrown flowers, huge mushrooms and whimsical fairies – suddenly, everything takes a turn and gets darker! Journey through the ominous forest and get face-to-face with frightening forest trolls and menacing trees that have come to life.
This October, guests will have the chance to meet Medusa, The Serpent-headed Gorgon Queen, as she steps out of the pages of mythology and lurks in the darkest shadows of the Zoo. It is believed that those who look her in the eyes are so overwhelmed with fear they turn to stone. Guests must heed the warnings or become a permanent member of her chilling garden of statues! Despite Medusa’s scary appearance, snakes like those replacing her curly locks are critical to local ecosystems. Earlier this year ZooTampa provided a much-needed boost to the wild population of Eastern indigo snakes. The Zoo hopes that Medusa will not only spook guests but also remind them of the importance of these snakes and how the Zoo is committed to protecting them.