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Koala Joey Emerges from Mother’s Pouch at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Animal care team welcomes first koala baby born at the Zoo   TAMPA, Fla. (May 22, 2019) – A koala joey has started to peek out of its mother’s pouch for the first time at ZooTampa at Lowry Park. The joey is the first koala baby born at the Zoo in its history. Once an …

ZooTampa Manatee Rescue Release

ZooTampa returns rehabilitated manatee to Florida waters

After receiving care at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, a former manatee care patient named Roomba is healthy and once again living on his own in native Florida waters. The Zoo’s lead manatee veterinarian, Lauren Smith, D.V.M. facilitated Roomba’s successful release to the wild in partnership with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Roomba, a male …

ZOOTAMPA AT LOWRY PARK PRESENTS 31st ANNUAL KARAMU GALA: A NIGHT IN KEY WEST

The signature black-tie event supports the Zoo’s mission of conservation and education   TAMPA, Fla. (MARCH 28, 2019) – Karamu: A Night in Key West, the prestigious annual gala at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, returns Saturday, April 13th with a lavish tropical evening inspired by Key West’s sunsets and Mallory Square. In its 31st year, …

Zoo Opens Upgraded Center to Rescue and Rehabilitate Severely Injured Florida Manatees

Specialized care center and Zoo team fill critical need TAMPA, Fla. (Mar. 21, 2019) – After extensive renovations to its David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center, ZooTampa at Lowry Park is again supporting manatees in need of care. The center is the first nonprofit acute care facility for injured, sick and orphaned wild …

Statement from ZooTampa Upon Approval from USFWS to Accept Rescued Manatees

On March 8, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved ZooTampa at Lowry Park to accept rescued manatees in need of continuing care into our newly upgraded critical care center. The Zoo is privileged with the opportunity to care for one of Florida’s most beloved creatures in need again.  After a year of construction and …

NEW SPRING EVENT BRINGS SIZZLING DELICIOUS FUN TO TAMPA

Tampa Bay’s NEW Family Event Features Savory Food, Live Music and More From March 9th to the 24th TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2019) – Spring in Tampa is known for great weather and long breaks from school but now guests at ZooTampa at Lowry Park can also enjoy delicious BBQ, innovative drinks and live music …

An Open Letter from ZooTampa

February 15, 2019 An Open Letter from ZooTampa at Lowry Park to Tampa Bay Times   Dear Tampa Bay Times Editor,   We are extremely disappointed The Tampa Bay Times continues to publish unsubstantiated accusations against ZooTampa at Lowry Park and its animal care team members. The newspaper is using sources with no credibility or expertise on …

ALL-INCLUSIVE ZOOBREWS EVENT RETURNS TO ZOOTAMPA

ALL-INCLUSIVE ZOOBREWS EVENT RETURNS TO ZOOTAMPA Guests will indulge in endless beer, wine, spirits and food along with wild animal mingles and live music on March 2nd at 7:00p.m.   TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2019) – Tampa’s wildest night returns as ZooTampa at Lowry Park hosts ZooBrews once again, an all-inclusive beer, wine, spirits and …

Statement from ZooTampa at Lowry Park: Response to USFWS manatee inquiry

ZooTampa at Lowry Park has completed an extensive review of its manatee care program and on Friday afternoon provided responses to four questions raised by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about manatee treatments. Informed by an independent panel’s assessment, the Zoo found that actions by lead veterinarian, Dr. Ray Ball, D.V.M. did not cause …

Endangered Malayan tapir pair expecting new calf at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2018) – Christmas may come early at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, where there is a new bundle of joy on the way. Ubi, an endangered Malayan tapir, is pregnant and expected to deliver her third calf in December. Her pregnancy is critical for conservation because a healthy population in human care …