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Everyone has a part in the conservation of wildlife and the natural world we share. Learn how you can take action to protect and preserve our amazing animals by making small changes at home.

Reduce Single Use Plastics

Single use plastics or disposable plastics are thrown away or recycled after one use. Some of these items include plastic bags, plastic water bottles, drinking straws, and most food packaging. When not recycled, many end up in landfills or find their way into the ocean. At ZooTampa, we are committed to reducing our use of single use plastic and do not offer plastic bags at retail shop or lids & straws at restaurants. We must all help protect and preserve the ecosystems that we all depend on. You can join us by cutting down your personal plastic footprint and make simple changes at home.

  • Take a reusable cup with you to the coffee shop when you get your morning coffee
  • Use re-usable cloth bags when visiting the grocery store and pharmacy
  • Say no to the straw and lid when buying a fountain soda

ZooTampa is proud to participate in Hillsborough County’s Reduce Your Use Campaign. Learn how you can take part too 

Reuse

Before throwing something away, can it have another life?

Reusing something before it becomes trash helps reduce the demand for resources that would be required to create its replacement.  Something easy to try, if you forget a reusable shopping bag, is repurposing a plastic bag into a small trash bag, or a dog waste bag. Reusing can also mean shopping secondhand or at thrift stores. Or, find a creative way to turn trash into art! Wrapping gifts with magazines or newspapers before recycling is another way we can lessen our impact on the natural world.

Recycle Old Electronics

Yes, that old phone languishing in your desk drawer or garage could save wildlife! Cell phones and other handheld electronic devices contain a material called coltan which is often destructively mined in Central Africa, home to many endangered species like okapis, chimpanzees, and gorillas. Recycling your old cell phones and other handheld electronic devices allows for coltan to be reused, decreasing the need for mining – an action that ultimately helps to protect habitats and save wildlife!

Learn more about Electronics Recycling Drives at ZooTampa 

Living With Florida Wildlife

Florida is full of natural wonders we all get to enjoy. And it’s important that we all do our part to ensure these amazing animals continue to thrive in their native habitats. Below are just a few ways we can take action to protect Florida wildlife.

Safe Boating

We share our waterways with Florida’s marine ecosystem, so it’s important to use safe boating practices to protect the wildlife around us. As a personal watercraft operator, you should understand how your vessel can affect wildlife and habitat in order to operate your vessel in a way that minimizes ecosystem impacts.

Using a personal watercraft can disturb and damage prime habitat areas for manatees and other wildlife. More than a quarter of all manatee deaths across Florida are attributed to watercraft caused by blunt-force boat strikes or propeller cuts. Speed is a critical factor; the faster the watercraft is traveling, the more force is applied on impact.

How You Can Help

  • Abide by the posted speed zone signs while in areas known to be used by manatees or when observations indicate manatees might be present.
  • Wear polarized sunglasses to reduce glare on the surface of the water, which will enable you to see manatees more easily.
  • Avoid boating over seagrass beds and shallow areas. Manatees are often found in shallow, slow-moving rivers, estuaries, lagoons, and coastal areas.
  • Remain at least 50 feet away from a manatee when operating a powerboat.
  • Use marked channels when boating. Traveling in deeper channels reduces the likelihood of crushing or hitting manatees in shallow waters.
  • Never travel over a manatee, even in a paddle boat. Manatees must surface to breathe, and will become startled if you are in the way. Always give manatees space to move freely in their habitat.
  • Lower your anchor slowly when securing your vessel as there may be resting manatees below.
  • Please don’t discard monofilament line, hooks, or any other litter into the water. Manatees and other wildlife may ingest or become entangled in this debris and can become injured or even die.
  • When a manatee is present you may notice: a swirl on the surface caused by the manatee when diving; seeing the animal’s back, snout, tail, or flipper break the surface of the water; or hearing the animal when it surfaces to breathe.

Buy Sustainably

Found in the forests of Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are critically endangered due to deforestation by the palm oil industry. Palm oil can be found in a wide range of products such as food, cosmetics, household goods, & more. When it is grown unsustainably, new areas of forest are cut and burned, destroying the orangutan’s habitat. However, sustainable palm oil is grown by re-using the same land for production.

As consumers, we hold the power for change! Supporting sustainable palm oil will encourage more companies to make the change to sustainable production. Download the Sustainable Palm Oil app on your smart phone and scan items while you shop to make informed decisions.

Download Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Sustainable Palm Oil App 

Keep Wildlife Wild

Florida is full of amazing wildlife that you cannot find anywhere else. It’s important that we protect our animals by removing tempting food and objects from your backyards, campgrounds, and other outdoor locations. Be sure to secure the lid on your trashcans to keep wildlife from exploring and approaching neighborhoods for food. When camping, keep food stored away so animals don’t smell your food and want to explore more. And while it may be tempting, do not feed any wildlife no matter how close they are to you or friendly they may seem. 

If you’re around a large body of water such as a lake or pond, be mindful that an alligator may be in there too! Be aware of signs around water indicating there are alligators nearby, be careful walking around shorelines, and always keep your pets on a leash. By taking these small steps, we can keep our incredible Florida wildlife, and each other, safe.

Become Informed About Illegal Wildlife Trade

One of the most concerning threats to many species around the world is the illegal wildlife trade. The sale or exchange of wild plants or animals (live or dead) is unsustainable and responsible for bringing many species to the brink of extinction. We can all help by being informed and buying informed. When traveling or going abroad, do your research before you go. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service  has guides for travelers so that they don’t unknowingly buy items as souvenirs or gifts that are illegal or support this trade.

Elephants and Rhinos are two species that have been severely impacted by the illegal wildlife trade; elephants for their ivory tusks and rhinos for their horns. At ZooTampa, we work with our global conservation partners, such as The Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, to help support anti-poaching patrols in range countries as well as groups working with law enforcement to end poaching and the consumer demand of materials made from tusks and horns.

Think Globally

At ZooTampa, we are committed to ensuring the species in our care are protected in the wild. Supporting wildlife conservation and projects around the world helps us achieve this strategic objective. Additionally, we encourage you to take daily actions from recycling your electronics to being an informed shopper that help preserve wildlife and wild places.

Recycle Old Electronics

Yes, that old phone languishing in your desk drawer or garage could save wildlife! Cell phones and other handheld electronic devices contain a material called coltan which is often destructively mined in Central Africa, home to many endangered species like okapis, chimpanzees, and gorillas. Recycling your old cell phones and other handheld electronic devices allows for coltan to be reused, decreasing the need for mining – an action that ultimately helps to protect habitats and save wildlife!

Learn more about Electronics Recycling Drives at ZooTampa 

Buy Sustainably

Found in the forests of Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are critically endangered due to deforestation by the palm oil industry. Palm oil can be found in a wide range of products such as food, cosmetics, household goods, & more. When it is grown unsustainably, new areas of forest are cut and burned, destroying the orangutan’s habitat. However, sustainable palm oil is grown by re-using the same land for production.

As consumers, we hold the power for change! Supporting sustainable palm oil will encourage more companies to make the change to sustainable production. Download the Sustainable Palm Oil app on your smart phone and scan items while you shop to make informed decisions.

Download Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Sustainable Palm Oil App 

Recognize & Choose Sustainable Seafood

Future generations depend on the plans and decisions we make today. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program helps consumers choose sustainably harvested seafood that is purchased from commercial fisheries that harvest fish in ways that protect the ocean and the environment. This ensures that there will be fish for future generations.

At ZooTampa we are committed to serving only sustainable seafood in our restaurants, as well as feeding only sustainably sourced seafood to our animals, like penguins. Visit www.seafoodwatch.org , and can print a pdf card of recommended seafood items that are “Best Choices” or “Good Alternatives,” and find out which ones you should “Avoid”, or you can download the Seafood Watch mobile app for iOS and Android .

Become Informed About Illegal Wildlife Trade

One of the most concerning threats to many species around the world is the illegal wildlife trade. The sale or exchange of wild plants or animals (live or dead) is unsustainable and responsible for bringing many species to the brink of extinction. We can all help by being informed and buying informed. When traveling or going abroad, do your research before you go. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service  has guides for travelers so that they don’t unknowingly buy items as souvenirs or gifts that are illegal or support this trade.

Elephants and Rhinos are two species that have been severely impacted by the illegal wildlife trade; elephants for their ivory tusks and rhinos for their horns. At ZooTampa, we work with our global conservation partners, such as The Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, to help support anti-poaching patrols in range countries as well as groups working with law enforcement to end poaching and the consumer demand of materials made from tusks and horns.

Support Us

Your donation to ZooTampa at Lowry Park provides crucial support for our animal care, education programs, and wildlife conservation efforts.
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Please review our booking tips before continuing

To qualify for a group rate, you need a minimum of 15 people.

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.

Boxed lunch orders must be received 5 business days prior to your field trip arrival. Groups will be responsible for all boxed lunches that were confirmed at that time.

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 FieldTrips@ZooTampa.org right away.

Join our Summer Camp Waitlist

Parent/Guardian Name(Required)
Child's Name(Required)

Important Information

To complete your camp registration, you must:

  • Add camps to your shopping cart.
  • Enter roster information for each camp.
    • List all people that are authorized to pick-up your child from camp.
    • No camper will be released unless the adult picking up the child is on the authorized pick-up list and shows a photo ID.
  • Read and agree to the following documents:
  • Make payment.
  • Upon payment, you will receive a Confirmation Email with the above documents attached. Please print, sign, and return the Camp Waiver and Liability Release to EducationPrograms@ZooTampa.org or ZooTampa Summer Camp, c/o Jamie Elkington, 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604. All waivers MUST be received no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of your camp program or your registration is subject to cancellation.

By clicking the registration button below, I confirm that I have read and agree to the Camp Waiver and Liability Release and Camp Handbook and will print, sign, and return the Camp Waiver and Liability Release to complete my registration.

‘Tis the Season For Giving!

Donate to the ZooTampa Giving Tree

Trustees of the Lowry Park Zoological Society, Directors of the Lowry Park Zoo Endowment Foundation, and the Employees and Volunteers of ZooTampa understand and appreciate the vital role of philanthropy to accomplish our work. That’s why we subscribe to the Donor Bill of Rights developed by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, National Society of Fund Raising Executives:

“Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes that they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  1. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.”

ZooTampa at Lowry Park is committed to protecting your privacy. We value the trust of our donors, volunteers, employees, and other supporters and recognize that maintaining this trust requires us to ensure the confidentiality of personal information that you share with us.

As a non-profit organization, ZooTampa relies on your support, depends on the support of generous contributors, and achieves ambitious fundraising objectives by communicating with and understanding donors. We know that it is essential to protect the privacy of that information. ZooTampa, the Lowry Park Zoological Society, and the Lowry Park Zoo Endowment Foundation will neither sell nor trade a donor’s personal information to any other entity without the written permission of the donor.

FLORIDA STATE REGISTRATION

Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, INC.: Registration No. CH140
Lowry Park Endowment Foundation, INC.: Registration No. CH20389

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES

Phone: (800) 435-7352
FloridaConsumerHelp.com

Christmas in the Wild Reservation Changes

  • This can be found in your original purchase or reservation confirmation email.
  • We will do our best to accommodate your request, however changes are based on availability. A member of our team will reach out to you via the contact information provided above within 48 hours. Note: an additional fee may apply to event tickets being changed to a higher priced event night. Thank you!

Commemorations

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
View our dietary guide to see common allergies and what locations are allergy-free.

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 Get Rest of Year Free ticket, you get free admission through December 31, 2024 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?

All Pay for a Day Get Rest of Year Free tickets (purchased after 9/30/2023) expire 12/31/2024.

What are the blockout dates?

11/24/24 – 11/26/24
12/26/24 – 12/31/24

Blockout dates apply to admission before 4:00 PM on the above dates.

Can I purchase a Pay for a Day ticket on a blockout date?

Yes! You can purchase a Pay for a Day Get 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 Get 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!

How do blockout dates affect seasonal events?

Blockout dates may apply on some seasonal event nights for Pay for a Day ticket holders. An upgrade surcharge is available to gain entry on those select nights. Blockout dates do not apply to Members. To guarantee entry to select seasonal events with limited capacity, Pay for a Day ticketholders are encouraged to secure reservations in advance. A $5 per ticketholder reservation fee would be reimbursed in the form of a voucher for use in the park at select dining and retail locations.

Still have questions? Email us or call (813) 935-8552 ext. 0.