ZooTampa in Lowry Park is habitat to more than 1,300 animals and is famous for one/if not the most amazing tropical zoological environments in the world. This zoo gathers visitors and animals to create unforgettable natural connections.
Visitors are closer than ever to the animal world by touching giant turtles, feeding giraffes, fins with slippery stripes and more! Families can also play in the water games area, take exciting walks and attend educational shows. This zoo maintains Florida’s most diverse wildlife and has received numerous animal welfare awards.
ZooTampa in Lowry Park has a truly impressive habitat with a different collection of rare and endangered species adapted to the climate in central Florida. During a trip via the African Safari and the Ituri Forest, you can experience penguins, white rhinos, cheetahs, curious meerkats, elephants, African giraffes and zebras to name a few. The family becomes the principal at the Wallaroo station. There is an interactive area and the opportunity to view koalas, dwarf goats, wallabies, bats & more. If you want to view leopards, dragons, tigers and bears, Asia Park is the spot for you. Primate World is about monkeys, where orangutans, chimpanzees & other primates live in their playground.
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Due to limited capacity, reservations are recommended at ZooTampa. They are not required, but are the best way to guarantee entry on your selected visit date. Reservations are on a first-come-first serve basis. Walk-ups are welcome, but are subject to availability.
Pygmy Hippo: the best comes in a package of pygmy, that’s what it says, right? The pygmy hippos, as the name implies, are smaller than the relatives of their hippos. When mature, the pygmy hippo weighs only a few hundred pounds and is only one meter tall. The family of pygmy hippos is composed of mother, father, pogo and child, holly berries. They may be “small”, but their personalities are very large. Proud Pope Pogo is a gentle and kind hippo who likes to stretch the steps of the pool to keep half of his body in the water and the other half in the sun. If you have children, Pogo can go directly to the window of its residence to view them, making it possible to take excellent photos and a great memory!
Aldabras Giant Tortoise: from the Aldabra atoll island north of Madagascar, Native Aldabras is the last species of giant tortoise in the eastern hemisphere. They are not only tall, but the Aldabra turtle also has an extraordinary personality. Zoo Tampa is habitat to three adult Aldabra turtles: a man named Al & 2 female named Dabby & Sligh. Every day, the zoo calls guests to interact with the turtles and create shells at a special encounter with the Aldabra turtle.
Great One Horned Rhinoceros: there are five types of rhinos throughout the world, each of which plays a unique role in its environment and throughout the ecosystem. Here at Zoo Tampa there are these two wonderful species: the southern white rhinoceros and the unicorn rhinoceros. This gentle giant, commonly known as the Indian rhinoceros, is a rare and endangered species. Unlike white southern rhinos, Indian rhinos are one of only two that have a single horn and their skin looks like armor that makes them truly unique. Do you want to know how to step on the muzzle with Jamie or Johnny? With daily training and positive reinforcement from the Animal Care team, the rhino hopes to meet you. This meeting also serves as training for voluntary veterinary exams and procedures. Not only do you have the opportunity to experience Indian rhinos up close, but you can also be part of the daily attention!