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Manatee Circle

Manatee Circle

The fun begins as soon as you step foot through the Zoo's Main Entrance! Visit the Main Free-Flight Aviary just inside, or splash around in the Manatee Fountains. You can also grab a bite to eat at Macaw’s Landing, take fun photos with the Zootastic photographers, symbolically adopt an animal at Nature's Kingdom Gift Shop, or simply continue on your adventure to one of our 5 realms.

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Manatee Circle

  • Macaw Flyover presented by Spirit Airlines — Happening daily! Learn More
  • Dining at Macaw's Landing Cafe — Perfect for a fuel up before your WILD day!
  • Main Aviary — Pro tip: the sloths are most active in the mornings
  • Nature's Kingdom Gift Shop & Wheelchair Rentals
  • Iconic Manatee Statue & Fountains
  • Expedition Photo
  • Tours & Guest Services Kiosk — Go ahead, ask us anything!

Macaw Flyover

Macaw Flyover

Macaws flying over guests as they look up and watch in amazement

Macaw Flyover

Don't look down or you might miss our famous Macaw Flyover presented by Spirit Airlines! Guests will see our flock of colorful macaws as they fly over the entrance, around Manatee Circle, stopping for a photo op, and then heading back up the path into the Florida realm. It’s an experience you won’t forget!

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FLORIDA

Florida

Florida

The Florida Boardwalk & Manatee Mangrove is home to a wide variety of animals like iconic Florida manatees, majestic bald eagles, and playful river otters.

  • David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center
  • Florida Boardwalk
  • Manatee Mangrove
  • Key West Deck
  • Saunders Conservation Theater
  • Bald Eagle Overlook Gift Shop
  • Manatees, red wolves, river otters, exotic reptiles, American bald eagles, Florida panthers*, black bears*, sandhill cranes*, skunks*, American alligators*, and so much more!

* Some habitats may be unavailable while we expand and build new habitats in Florida Wilds, coming Spring 2022

Manatee interaction with guests

David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center

David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center

Zookeepers tend to a rehabbing manatee at ZooTampa's manatee critical care center

David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center

The Zoo’s David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center is the first non-profit, acute care facility of its kind specifically dedicated to critical care for wild manatees, and one of just four contracted federally permitted manatee rehabilitation centers in the US.

Since 1991, the manatee care and veterinary team have treated over 400 manatees with more than 230 of those reintroduced into Florida waters.


Roaring Springs

Roaring Springs

Experience a hidden part of Florida! Grab the whole family, board a boat and take a ride along a crystal clear spring to the thrill of a three-story splashdown on Roaring Springs presented by Pinch a Penny! Plus, enjoy play areas for the kids and mosey on down the Florida Boardwalk.

Roaring Springs will be closed 9/21 through 9/24

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Roaring Springs

  • Roaring Springs Family Water Adventure — Presented by Pinch A Penny
  • Lookout Landing Splash Zone
  • Kids play areas
  • Awesome Austin's Face Painting & Caricatures

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Conservation Tails Walkabout

Conservation Tails Walkabout

A tiger gets a routine medical checkup by Doctor Lauren Smith at the Catherine Lowry Straz Veterinary Hospital at ZooTampa

Conservation Tails Walkabout

Conservation Tails Walkabout

Closed during renovations

Join us for this 15-20 minute walk and talk to hear wild stories of wildlife conservation! Learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of our Florida Boardwalk residents and amazing conservation efforts of manatees, panthers & more!


Aviaries

Aviaries

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Aviaries

Main Aviary

This large free-flight aviary is located at the front of the zoo in Manatee Circle.  Look closely and you'll see our resident sloth hanging out there too!

Lorikeet Landing

Located in the Asia realm, you can walk in this free-flight aviary and meet some of the most beautiful birds in the world. Plus, for a small fee you can even feed them!

Sulawesi Aviary

Also located in Asia along the boardwalk, this aviary features amazing birds from Southeast Asia.

Hornbill Aviary

Located in Africa, this large habitat for some of the coolest birds in Africa is near the Beer & Wine Garden.


Wild School of Training

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Wild School of Training

Get up close and learn from our animal care team about amazing animals! Wild School of Training takes place daily at ZooVentures Theater at 11:30 am.


Primates

Primates

Swing into Primate World where monkey business is our specialty. The majority of the primates you will find here are endangered in the wild. As you visit and learn more about each, you will find out what you can do to protect them.

Orangutan mom holding her baby

Primates

  • Bornean orangutans
  • Colobus monkeys
  • Lemurs
  • Mandrills
  • Guenons
  • Rango Snacks

Asia

Asia

Get up close to the many rare and endangered animals in the Asian Gardens, including the Malayan tiger, sun bear, and Indian rhino.

Asian Gardens

  • Lorikeet Aviary & Feeding Experience
  • Indian Rhino Feeding Signature Encounter
  • Sulawesi Aviary
  • Malayan tigers
  • Sun bear
  • Komodo dragons
  • Malayan tapirs
  • Indian rhinos
  • Warty pigs
  • Gharials, and more!
  • ZooVentures Theater
Casey the sun bear hangs out in a hammock

AFRICA

Africa

Get up-close and personal with some of the world's largest, rarest, and most impressive animals, including African elephants, giraffes, shoebills, zebras, white rhinos, painted dogs, okapi, pygmy hippos, and more! Dine at the all-new Safari Pizza Co., or relax with a cold drink at our Beer & Wine Garden. There's good reason Africa is one of the most popular spots in the zoo!

An adult African painted dog and pup

AFRICA

  • Expedition Wild Africa Safari Ride
  • Aldabra Tortoise Encounter
  • White Rhino Backstage Encounter
  • Giraffe Backstage Encounter
  • Dining options including: Safari Pizza Company, Tamanis, and our Beer & Wine Garden
  • Elephants, giraffes, Southern white rhinos, okapi, red river hogs, Maribou storks, Von Der Decken Hornbills, pygmy hippos, African painted dogs, and more!

Expedition Africa Safari Tram Ride

Expedition Wild Africa Safari Ride

Now Open!

Calling all prospective research interns! Join the Habari Preserve team and learn all about the amazing animals that call this preserve home. Founder of the preserve Professor Ron Treadway and ZooTampa research assistants will lead your orientation tour aboard our brand new open air expedition vehicles, where you'll learn how we're working hard to continue our mission to save wildlife in wild places. Don't miss your chance to be one of the first to experience Expedition Wild Africa and join the team!

Expedition Wild Africa Safari Ride

Expedition Africa Safari Tram Ride

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Wallaroo

Wallaroo

G'day, mates! Fancy a walk-about with a wallaby? Or a close encounter with a koala? Then take a stroll through Tampa's own land down under, Wallaroo Station. This Australia-themed family area provides hours of enjoyment and discovery for even the littlest adventurers.

Queensland koala

Wallaroo

  • Splash Pad
  • Frosty® Cart by Wendy's®
  • Mommy Stop & Family Restrooms
  • Overland Express Train
  • Boomer's Flyin' Bananas
    Temporarily closed
  • Boomer's Cafe
  • Koalas, bats, wallabies, emus, and more!
  • Tasmanian Tiger Coaster
  • The Koala Clubhouse Playground
  • Wallaroo Petting Zoo & Pony Barn
    Temporarily Closed

Carousel Circle

Carousel Circle

Follow Zoo Boulevard from the Zoo's Main Entrance to the Carousel Circle where you can ride the The Carousel—included in your admission, grab a sweet treat or hot dog, play games & win prizes, all before you continue on to Wallaroo, Africa, or Roaring Springs.

Carousel Circle

  • The Carousel
  • Boardwalk Treats
  • Boardwalk Dogs
  • Games & mining
  • African penguins
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Rides

Rides

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Rides

  • Expedition Wild Africa Safari Ride
  • Roaring Springs Presented by Pinch A Penny -- a family friendly water adventure featuring a thrilling three-story splashdown!
    Roaring Springs will be closed 9/21 through 9/24
  • Boomer's Flyin' Bananas
    Temporarily closed
  • Overland Express Train
  • The Carousel
  • Tasmanian Tiger Coaster