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A Visit to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Sabina and Courtney at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

A Visit to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Yesterday I went on a visit to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo with my friend Sabina! Lowry Park Zoo is one of the top zoos in the USA for conservation. They’re consistently ranked in the top 25 zoos in the USA. They’re open from 9:30 am to 5 pm daily, 7 days a week. They receive over 1 million visitors annually.

I bought an Individual Plus Membership at the Lowry Park Zoo for $99. This Membership pass is awesome because it lets me and any guest I want in as often as I want for a full year. It also gives discounts on food and shopping within the zoo.

Lowry Park Zoo is the perfect places to take kids if you want them to learn more about animals. They have hands on petting experiences with goats, llamas, snakes and more. Need more ideas on things to do? Check out 30 Things to do in Central Florida This Summer for Fun.

Endangered Wildlife Wall

Endangered Wildlife Wall

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has an Endangered Wildlife Wall. This piece of art is neat, but sad. There are so many animals on it.

Endangered Wildlife Wall

A close up of the wall shows that many of these are memorial pieces.

African Animals at Lowry Park Zoo

Blue Bellied Roller Bird from Africa

This Blue Bellied Roller Bird is from Africa. In person he was a beautiful blue with a blush pink top.

Great Indian Hornbill

I love the feather pattern on this Great Indian Hornbill.

Kenya Crested Guineafowl

I caught this Kenya Crested Guineafowl peeking at me.

Purple SwampHen

I’d never seen a purple swamphen before! It has rich teal blue and purple feathers.

Silvery Cheeked Hornbill

This silvery-cheeked hornbird was enjoying our winter weather.

Silly Giraffe

This giraffe was a little silly. He kept itching his neck against that wooden beam, in a manner very similar to how Nyx will lean back on me to scratch her ears and sometimes fall over on me!

Zebras at ZooTampa Baby Zebra

This zebra family was taking it easy and the babies were napping.

Australian Animals at Lowry Park Zoo

Pretty bird

I forgot to write down what these white whiskered birds are, but they were really cute! I tried doing a reverse google image lookup, but google suggested a dove. I know it’s not a dove. LOL.

Tawny Frogmouth

These guys are Tawny Frogmouth birds. They’re native to Australia and Tasmania and they’re often confused with owls.

Koala napping

Here’s a cute little sleeping koala, not to be confused with a drop bear. Seriously though, I couldn’t believe how he fell asleep perfectly posed, facing people.

Emu

Emu

I was surprised by how friendly this emu seemed to be! I wonder if he was fascinated with our colorful hair.

Petting Zoo in Tampa

Goats at the petting zoo Goats at the petting zoo Llamas

There is a petting zoo and feeding area for goats and llamas for little kids at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.

Squirrel

This squirrel, while not part of any exhibit, was still friendly and trying to get fed.

Turtles

Galapagos turtles

The galapagos turtles are huge. It’s really amazing to see them walking around.

Florida Animals at Lowry Park Zoo

Bears

Yes, apparently you can find bears in northern Florida. Yikes!

Flamingos

Flamingos being fed.

Florida Panther

Florida Panther relaxing

The Florida panther is very endangered. It’s a member of the cougar family.

Florida Alligator

And of course, we’ve got alligators here in Florida.

More Animals at the Zoo

Cute turtles

These turtles were really cute.

Turtle

This turtle swam right up to the glass to see us.

Otters

I loved these otters! They were really friendly and kept coming towards any people who came near them.

Moray Eel

This Moray Eel seemed so cheerful and curious.

Seahorse Seahorse

I love the tiny little seahorses.

Reptiles

These guys were all hanging out relaxing except for the two up top who decided that it was time to mate. LOL.

Three Types of Rat Snakes

They had 3 different types of rat snakes hanging out in this cage together. The snakes were all docile.

Greater Siren

This is a Greater Siren! It’s an amphibian that also kind of looks like an eel.

Rattlesnake

The rattlesnake had me sweating.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

The bald eagle is the bird of the USA. I believe this one is unable to fly due to being injured.

Sting Ray

These is a sting ray petting pool area that kids will love. This guy made me smile because it looks like he’s grinning.

Komodo Dragon

Komodo dragons are pretty bad ass!

Alligator Snapping Turtle

I believe this is an alligator snapping turtle.

Ring-tailed Lemur

The Ring-tailed Lemurs are pretty cute.

Small Primates

I don’t remember what these small primates are called but I thought it was adorable that they’d twisted their tails around each other.

Tiger

This asian tiger said it was nap time.

Indian Gharial crocodiles Indian Gharial crocodiles

These are indian gharial crocodiles. They eat fish and are critically endangered. There are also giant asian pond turtles hanging out with the gharial.

Clouded Leopard

Clouded Leopard

I love the clouded leopard’s coat. It has beautiful spots and shading.

pine snake

This pine snake was really friendly! Amber, one of the ZooTampa at Lowry Park staff members, was walking around to let people see and pet the snake.

Bats at Lowry Park Zoo

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I love bats! They’re one of my favorite animals because of how bats are important, misunderstood, and helpful they are. Some plants even depend on bats to pollinate their species. Primarily, lots of bat species eat mosquitoes and other pest insects.

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If you’re looking for a fun, educational day filled with animals, I recommend checking out ZooTampa at Lowry Park.

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8 Comments

  • Seeing a zoo through the eyes of a child is even more amazing. There are some beautiful animals there. I think zoos like this are important since they are taking in wounded animals who wouldn’t make it in the wild and they work to make sure the species is continued.

  • I have different stance on zoos. I hope and based on the photos I see, the animals look like they are well taken cared of with lots of space to wander around.

    • ZooTampa at Lowry Park is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. I think some of the animals are rescued, like the bald eagle who can’t fly.

  • We spent the day there several years ago when we visited Tampa in the late winter. It was fabulous. The animals were well taken care of and had nice open habitats. My faves were the flamingos and the friendly giraffes. Seeing your pix rekindled a wonderful memory.

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