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TAMPA, Fla. (March 3, 2022) ZooTampa’s latest expansion, Florida Wilds, opened to the public on Thursday, March 3, following a ribbon-cutting event recognizing individual donors, foundations, corporations, conservation organizations, and government entities that helped bring the project to life.
As a leader in the care and conservation of Florida wildlife, ZooTampa has been at the forefront of connecting residents and visitors with the diverse native species that live in the sunshine state. The new immersive area features more spacious habitats for native species in our care while also providing unforgettable moments of engagement and education for guests of all ages.
Florida Wilds is home to many rescued animals, including three endangered panthers and three black bears who have been deemed non-releasable and serve as conservation ambassadors for their species. Additionally, ZooTampa has expanded its participation in the Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s Species Survival Program for the critically endangered red wolf.
While awe-inspiring and entertaining, Florida Wilds aims to educate guests on environmental conservation. The area has interpretative signage, including rookery towers that provide Floridians tips on safely living alongside the many species that share our state’s diverse ecosystem. Daily chats with animal experts also take place in the new area to educate guests of all ages on how they can join ZooTampa in its mission to protect and preserve wildlife and wild places for future generations to enjoy.
ZooTampa at Lowry Park is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in conservation, education, recreation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is recognized as central Florida’s leading and most attended zoological cultural institution. ZooTampa is an eight-time winner of the Certificate of Excellence award by TripAdvisor (2010-2018) and is a leader in the rehabilitation and care of Florida species. The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours for select events. For more information, visit www.zootampa.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.