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TAMPA, Fla. (February 7, 2022) On the heels of a record attendance year, ZooTampa at Lowry Park officially announced details of new offerings coming in 2022. “We are always looking to enhance the guest experience, further improve animal welfare and strengthen our standing as Florida’s most popular cultural institution,” stated ZooTampa President and CEO Joe Couceiro.
Florida Wilds: The new immersive area features more spacious habitats for native species so they can thrive, while also providing engaging moments of diversion and education for guests. Families will be able to get closer than ever to the animals that call Florida home – not just alligators, skunks, and flamingos, but also large black bears and beautiful but endangered Florida panthers and red wolves. Grand opening will take place on March 3.
Hamadryas Baboons: A new species is joining the popular Primate Realm at ZooTampa, Hamadryas baboons. This unique member of the Old World monkey family was a sacred animal to the Ancient Egyptians and a representative of their god of learning. The group of six brothers, who came to ZooTampa from New York’s Prospect Park Zoo, will make their public debut on March 1 in a sprawling, fully remodeled habitat featuring expansive windows allowing guests unobstructed viewing of their remarkable silver mane, pink faces and playful nature of these intelligent primates.
Manatee Rescue Center at ZooTampa: ZooTampa’s David A. Straz, Jr Manatee Critical Care Center, already the second largest critical care facility in United States, is amplifying its leadership and efforts aimed at saving Florida’s iconic species. In late 2022 we will be increasing our capacity for the direst cases, including adding a nursery pool for the smallest of patients.
Stingray Bay: This newly reimagined interactive habitat will give guests a chance to touch and feed graceful stingrays, at their discretion, while they swim carefree in a state-of-the-art habitat. Stingray Bay will be home to safe-to-touch species, including cownose and southern stingrays, and features a 34,000-gallon saltwater pool that will be low enough for young children to peer and reach into the water, yet provide “rest zones” and “hides” for the animals. Stingray Bay also features a truly unforgettable opportunity to wade into the water for a rare up-close-and-personal encounter with these amazing animals!
“As our city and county continue to grow, we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide our community and visitors a must-see destination where they can make lasting connections with amazing wildlife and each other,” added Couceiro, “We are excited about our continued transformation and will soon announce the exciting plans we have beyond 2022.”
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.