Explore The Zoo

AFRICA

Africa

Get up-close and personal with some of the world's largest, rarest, and most impressive animals!  Take a ride on the Expedition Africa safari tram that winds its way behind the scenes and through Africa, even going through habitats—included FREE with your admission. There's good reason Africa is one of the most popular spots in the zoo. Come find out why!

okapi resting at zootampa

AFRICA

  • Expedition Africa Safari Tram Ride
  • Aldabra Tortoise Encounter
  • White Rhino Backstage Encounter
  • Giraffe Meet & Greet — Learn about our amazing giraffes during a training session where YOU are the assistant!
  • Dining options including: International Bistro at Savannah Oasis, Tamanis, and a 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 Africa Safari Tram Ride

Expedition Africa Safari Tram Ride

  • Enjoy a guided safari tour through Africa. Climb aboard the custom-made safari vehicle for a 15-minute long narrated ride
  • The open-air tram offers a behind-the-scenes view of dozens of animals, including the Zoo’s African elephant herd, okapis, African painted dogs and more.

FLORIDA

Florida

The Florida Boardwalk & Manatee Mangrove is home to a wide variety of exotic animals, some rare and threatened with extinction —  including the critically endangered Florida panther. You can see many of these species, including the panther, manatees and black bears, here in the Native Florida Wildlife habitat at ZooTampa.

florida panther looking up at zootampa

Florida

  • David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center
  • Florida Boardwalk
  • Manatee Mangrove
  • Key West Deck
  • Sting Ray Touch Experience & Gift Shop
  • Manatees, red wolves, Florida panthers, black bears, sandhill cranes, skunks, river otters, American alligators, American bald eagles, and so much more!

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 spalshdown on Roaring Springs presented by Pinch a Penny! Plus enjoy play areas for the kids, food & drinks at Joe's Diner, and then mosey on down the Florida Boardwalk.

roaring springs

Roaring Springs

  • Roaring Springs Family Water Adventure — Presented by Pinch A Penny
  • Lookout Landing Splash Zone
  • Joe's Diner
  • Kids play areas
  • Retail shop

Birds of Prey Show

Birds of Prey Show

Birds of Prey Show

  • Get up close as these amazing birds soar over your head at the Bird of Prey Theater. Ask questions and learn more about these amazing animals from our dedicated Animal Care team.
  • 11:30 AM & 2:00 PM every Saturday & Sunday

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.

A photo of a girl and other children splashing around enjoying the Wallaroo Splash Pad at ZooTampa

Wallaroo

  • Tasmanian Tiger Coaster
  • COMING SOON — The Koala Clubhouse Playground
  • Splash Pad
  • Mommy Stop & Family Restrooms
  • Wallaby Walkabout
  • Overland Express Train
  • Wallaroo Petting Zoo & Pony Barn
  • Lil' Joey's Caravan
  • Boomer's Flyin' Bananas
  • Boomer's Cafe
  • Koalas, bats, wallabies, emus, and more!

Rides

Rides

tiger roller coaster at zootampa

Rides

  • Roaring Springs Presented by Pinch A Penny -- a family friendly water adventure featuring a thrilling three-story splashdown!
  • Tasmanian Tiger Coaster
  • Boomer's Flyin' Bananas
  • Overland Express Train
  • Lil' Joey's Caravan
  • Expedition Africa Safari Tram Ride

Carousel Circle

Carousel Circle

Follow Zoo Boulevard from the Zoo's Main Entrance to the Carousel Circle where you can ride the Jungle 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

  • Jungle Carousel
  • Sweet Shoppe
  • Hot dogs
  • Games & mining
  • Face painting
  • African Penguin Encounter

Asia

Asia

Leopards and tigers and rhinos, oh my! Get up close to the many rare and endangered animals in the Asian Gardens. Watch as the tigers explore the water's edge. Observe the Indian rhinos at play, then come across the Clouded leopards and all their spots.

Asian Gardens

  • Lorikeet Aviary & Feeding Experience
  • Indian Rhino Feeding Encounter
  • Sulawesi Aviary
  • Malayan tigers, Komodo dragons, Malayan tapirs, Indian rhinos, clouded leopards, warty pigs, gharials, and more!

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.

Primates

  • Bornean orangutans,  Colobus monkeys, lemurs, mandrills, guenons, and many more!
  • Rango Snacks

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 Garden Grille, 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.

Manatee Circle

  • Dining at Garden Grille—Perfect for a fuel up before your WILD day!
  • Nature's Kingdom Gift Shop & Wheelchair Rentals
  • Iconic Manatee Statue  & Fountains
  • Main Aviary — Pro tip: the sloths are most active in the mornings
  • Macaw Flyover — Returning October!
  • Expedition Photo
  • Tours & Guest Services Kiosk — Go ahead, ask us anything

Macaw Flyover

Macaw Flyover

zootampa macaws flying

Macaw Flyover

  • We're always finding ways to make your visit even more exciting so our famous daily flyover is coming back better than ever in November!

Aviaries

Aviaries

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.

David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center

David A. Straz, Jr. 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 three contracted federally permitted manatee rehabilitation centers in the state of Florida
  • Since 1991, the manatee care and veterinary team have treated over 400 manatees with more than 230 of those reintroduced into Florida waters

Sandy & Tom Callahan Center for Wildlife Conservation

Sandy & Tom Callahan Center for Wildlife Conservation

sandy and tom callahan center for wildlife conservation building rendering

Sandy & Tom Callahan Center for Wildlife Conservation

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