Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa

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Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa

Watch on Nat Geo WILD, Hulu, & Amazon Prime

Ways to watch*

Watch Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa on Nat Geo WILD

Frontier Fios - Channel 132/632 HD
Spectrum - Channel 148
DirecTV - Channel 283
Dish - Channel 190
Also Available on Hulu & Amazon Prime

* Channel numbers are specific to the Tampa Bay area and may be different depending on your location and TV service provider

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour with the STARS of Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa!

Are you a fan of the NatGeo WILD television series, SECRETS OF THE ZOO: TAMPA? Season one may be over, but we still have plenty of behind-the-scenes stories of the amazing animals that live at ZooTampa and the dedicated team entrusted with their care. Go on an unprecedented behind-the-scenes tour with one of our "stars" and get exclusive updates on the animals you fell in love with. From Jamie the rhino to majestic rescued manatees, find out ALL the secrets and spend your morning on an adventure you will never forget. Space is limited for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Schedule of "STARS":

  • MAR 21st Join Curator Chris as he takes you on a journey around the Zoo to learn more about the top stories featured on the show.
  • MAR 28th Animal Care Manager Angela will take you behind-the-scenes to learn more about two of our most famous pairs, Asian rhinos Jamie and Johnny and Malayan tigers Mata and Bzui.
  • APR 11th Associate Curator Tiffany will take you on an adventure to explore one of our newest species, binturongs and get an update regarding everyone’s favorite feline, Walter the panther.
  • APR 18th Staff veterinarian Dr. Lauren will give you an exclusive peek into our Catherine Lowry Straz Animal Hospital and take you to visit our latest group of manatee patients recovering at our critical care center.

Tours are limited to 12 people only — book your spot today! Cost is $85 for members and includes light breakfast and a photo of your adventure.
Please note: at this time we are closed. Click here for more details.

At this time Secrets of the Zoo Tours are open to ZooTampa Members only. Check back later to find out about tours for non-members.

Meet the Stars of Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa

Dr. Lauren Smith, Veterinarian

Dr. Lauren, Staff Veterinarian

A native of Texas and a child of a military family, Lauren graduated from Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After earning her veterinary degree, Dr. Lauren spent several years in companion animal practice before being selected for a prestigious internship in aquatic animal medicine at the University of Florida. In that capacity, she worked with a wide variety of species across several facilities throughout Florida. Following completion of that program, Dr. Lauren returned briefly to private practice and spent time in Alaska before joining the veterinary team in ZooTampa in 2015. Dr. Lauren has a passion for aquatic animals and is currently the zoo’s lead manatee veterinarian, managing all care of these gentle giants.

Chris Masarro, General Curator

Chris, General Curator

Chris grew up hiking and exploring the forests of New Hampshire prior to moving to Tampa with his family when he was in high school. He attended the University of South Florida where he studied anthropology with a focus on biological anthropology and primatology. He began his career at ZooTampa in 2002 as an intern. During his career, Chris has been a pioneer in many of the zoo’s breeding programs including the zoo’s first breeding program of rhinoceros which has resulted in the successful birth of nine endangered Indian and southern white rhinos. He also managed the zoo’s first naturally conceived elephant birth. Additionally, he is a member of the steering committee for the rhinoceros taxon advisory group. Chris continues to have a fascination with exploring nature, visiting national parks and hiking. He is a proud father of a son and a great dame. On his spare time, he coaches his son’s soccer team and collects whiskey.

Tiffany Burns, Associate Curator

Tiffany, Associate Curator

Tiffany has over 15 years of animal experience, 10 of which have been with marine mammals. She began her career in her hometown of Las Vegas where she worked with dolphins at the Mirage Hotel. She’s participated in countless medical procedures, animal rescues and rehabilitation of marine mammals throughout the US and the world including St. Thomas, St. Kitts and Roatan. She has been involved with training staff in sanctuaries in Africa on best practices and how to behaviorally manage their large group of chimpanzees. As the Associate Curator at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Tiffany has many roles including leading the Manatee Care team. She is thrilled to fulfill her lifelong dream of working with a wide variety of animals and being part of the team that rescues, rehabilitates and releases sick and injured manatees back to Florida waters. Her most favorite role, however, is being a mother to 2-year-old, Myla. The love for animals runs strong in her family; husband Mike is also an Associate Curator and their daughter Myla attends Zoo School.