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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 …

ZooTampa and The Hyppo Celebrate Pygmy Hippo, Holly Berry’s 1st Birthday

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2018) – Happy first birthday, Holly Berry! Last December, ZooTampa at Lowry Park and The Hyppo, a gourmet ice pop company with several stores in the Tampa Bay area, partnered on a contest to name the Zoo’s newest baby girl, a rare pygmy hippopotamus – the winning name was Holly Berry. …

Zoo Update

Manatee care review by outside veterinarians underway at ZooTampa TAMPA, Fla. (November 8, 2018) – Leadership at ZooTampa at Lowry Park announced today that a three-veterinarian, expert panel is in Tampa beginning an in-depth review of the zoo’s manatee care program and treatment performed by the zoo’s senior veterinarian, Dr. Ray Ball, DVM. Joe Couceiro, …

First Litter of African Painted Dogs Born at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

New pups add to Zoo’s growing pack of endangered wild dogs TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2018) – ZooTampa at Lowry Park is celebrating the births of seven rare African painted dog pups. The multi-colored pups are the first of this endangered African species to be born at the Zoo. They also are the first pups …

Christmas In The Wild Celebrates the Season with More Lights and Jolly Surprises

The Wild Family Tradition Continues Starting November 23 It’s the most wonderful time of the year… as ZooTampa at Lowry Park transforms into a world of holiday cheer for Christmas in the Wild! The event celebrates its fourth year as one of Tampa Bay’s most beloved holiday traditions. The festivities kick-off on “Black Friday” on …

A Letter from the CEO

STATEMENT: Joe Couceiro, CEO and President, ZooTampa at Lowry Park As part of the permitting process for ZooTampa to rescue, rehabilitate and release manatees, the US Fish and Wildlife service is requesting more information about manatee care procedures led by Dr. Ray Ball, senior veterinarian. Questions are part of the normal review process. Our priority …

Creatures of the Night Returns with New Eerie Family Frights at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Tampa Bay’s No. 1 Family Fright Fest Celebrates Halloween Season with Safe Scares and More As fall draws near, the critically acclaimed Creatures of the Night returns to ZooTampa at Lowry Park as a bigger and better event for ghouls and goblins of all ages. On Fridays and Saturdays from October 5-27, the Zoo stays …

Southern White Rhinoceros Gives Birth at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

New arrival of nearly threatened rhino species continues Zoo’s conservation leadership Celebrations are taking place at ZooTampa at Lowry Park’s southern white rhinoceros’ habitat. Mother Alake gave birth to a calf on September 12, marking the sixth successful southern white rhino birth and ninth rhino in the Zoo’s history. After bonding with mom, the calf …

Mysterious, Rarely Seen Species One Step Closer to Survival with New Birth

Zoo used Okapi milk to help determine newborn calf’s arrival The animal care and veterinarian teams at ZooTampa at Lowry Park have welcomed the birth of an endangered okapi calf. Okapi (pronounced oh-COP-ee) are the only living relative of the giraffe and are found in the remote forests of central Africa. The calf was born …