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A young girl wearing a party hat toasts with her mom with a glass of lemonade at Noon Year's Eve at ZooTampa on December 31st while bubbles lift past them into the air

ZooTampa ends 2019 with record achievements, launches ambitious 2020 calendar of events

“2019 was a banner year for us, with more to come in 2020 and beyond as ZooTampa continues to transform, offering unique and unforgettable natural connections that form lifelong memories,” said Joe Couceiro, CEO of ZooTampa. “National Geographic summed it up well when they affirmed ZooTampa as, ‘The ideal destination for anyone who loves animals.’ I am confident that our full slate of 2020 activities will delight anyone who aligns with our mission and seeks to connect with the magnificent creatures who share our world.”

After more than a year of rehabilitation and care, three of ZooTampa’s manatee patients were released back to Florida waters

Trio of Florida Manatees Get Released Back to Florida Waters After Months of Rehabilitation and Care at ZooTampa

After more than a year of rehabilitation and care, three of ZooTampa’s manatee patients were released back to Florida waters. The trio, Sriracho, Obsidian and Slate, are now healthy calves weighing a combined total of more than 1800 pounds.

Florida panther kittens that have been rescued from the wild receive examinations and vaccinations at Zoo Tampa by Zoo Tampa Veterinarian Dr Lauren Smith and FWC Veterinarian Dr Lara Cusack.

Panther kittens at ZooTampa while FWC continues investigation into disorder

A team of experts, led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, are working together to care for a pair of endangered Florida panther kittens orphaned after their mom suffered from an unknown neurological disorder affecting panthers and bobcats. The kittens are being cared for at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, one of the state’s top facilities for the rehabilitation of this endangered Florida species.

Creatures of the Night

Tampa Bay’s No. 1 Halloween Eerie Family Fright Fest Returns with More Howling Fun

TAMPA, Fla. (September 19, 2019)- The critically acclaimed Creatures of the Night event returns to ZooTampa at Lowry Park with more spooky scares and creepy frights for ghouls and goblins of all ages. On Fridays and Saturdays from October 4-26 the Zoo stays open late as a colorful cast of mystical characters, fearsome animals and …

A group of children move excitedly though the Zoo

ZooTampa at Lowry Park Announces Exciting Line-Up of Fall Special Events and Activities

Run with the Wildlife! ZooTampa has joined forces with IRONKIDS- affiliated with the acclaimed IRONMAN series of global athletic events- to bring young athletes a fun and unique opportunity to share in the excitement of competition while enjoying up-close interactions with some of the Zoo’s iconic animals. The inaugural event features four races from a …

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

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

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

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 …