New Adventures Coming to ZooTampa

New Adventures Coming to ZooTampa - ZooTampa at Lowry Park

For more information:
Sandra Torres, Communications Department
Media.relations@zootampa.org
813-933-8004

TAMPA, Fla. (March 1, 2021) ZooTampa at Lowry Park has been a popular attraction for
decades, entertaining and educating almost one million visitors annually with enjoyable and
immersive animal adventures. This spring, the Zoo is unveiling new habitats with rare and
unique species and a safari experience aimed at the goal of connecting guests with amazing
wildlife.
“We are thrilled to be able to introduce new experiences that will re-set the anticipation of
what the Tampa Bay area can expect from their Zoo. Many people will never get the chance to
take a trip across the world to see a rare shoebill stork in its native habitat or to be close
enough to a binturong to catch a whiff of its unique scent which many compare to buttered
popcorn,” said Joe Couceiro, CEO of ZooTampa. “This is just the beginning of the exciting plans
we have for fiscal year 2021. We want our guests to walk away inspired and empowered by
experiences that show the uniqueness of the animal world and join us on our mission to save
these amazing species.”

Detail of new experiences (OPENING SPRING 2021):
Shoebill Storks Aviary: ZooTampa is home to three of only four shoebill storks in the United
States. These fascinating birds can reach five feet in height and are classified as vulnerable, with
only 3,300 to 3,500 mature shoebills still living in the wild. In 2009, ZooTampa became the first
wildlife institution in North America to hatch one of these rare avians outside of their native
range. Their new habitat is located in the Africa realm of the zoo and will provide guests their
first glimpse of these incredible animals in more than a decade.

Binturongs Habitat: ZooTampa’s beloved binturong family—Sully, Melati, and baby Kartika—
will be relocating from their behind-the-scenes living space to the Asia realm of the Zoo. Also
known as Asian bearcats, these animals spend most of their time in trees using their padded
paws and long claws to expertly grasp branches and explore treetops. They have a distinctive
scent, which is said to resemble buttered popcorn or corn chips. Listed as vulnerable,
binturongs are currently at risk due to habitat destruction, poaching, and the fur and pet trade.

Expedition Wild Africa: In this newly designed safari experience, guests will have the
opportunity to play the role of research interns visiting Africa’s Pampu Preserve.
They will enjoy solving clues and visiting virtual base camps and research stations while
onboard a safari truck during their journey. Animal adventures abound, including up-close
introductions to the best predators on the Savanah, a view of the largest land mammal in the
world, a close encounter with a crash of White Rhinos and much more!

Music in the Wild Event: During Spring Break week (March 13- 21), guests can join us for a wild
afternoon filled with live music, food & drink specials and extended hours. The fun throughout
the Zoo event will also feature the premiere of our new mascot, Manny T the Florida manatee
and a food court offering delicious meals and treats at the new outdoor event space, Saunders
Pavilion. After 2pm tickets for the event, offering a $5 discount from general admission, will be
available for purchase at ZooTampa.org. Event is included with a ZooTampa membership and a
$10 upgrade for Pay for Day ticket holders.

“In addition to these new adventures, we have also revamped our membership special event
series to include Speakers of the Wild, Fitness in the Wild, and Breakfast with the Animals,”
added Couceiro. “We are dedicated to continuing to find ways for families to get wild safely to
ensure that members of our community have a place to experience the much-needed mental
health benefits and comfort that being outdoors and connecting with nature provides.”

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