Here is an update from Florida; Tampa Lowry Park Zoo is a great place to visit! This is just one of those things that I have to share with my neighbors here At the Fence. I went to the zoo with one of my older daughters, H who is 25. Yes, just the 2 of us. The rest of the family went to MOSI. (You will hear about that in another post.)
|The Leopards are so pretty.|
Tampa Lowry Park Zoo:
"Lowry Park Zoo was recognized by Parents magazine in 2009 as the #1 zoo in America. They have approx. 1,700 animals on nearly 60 acres. Tampa's first zoo was established in the late 1930s on the banks of the Hillsborough River in PlantPark. It consisted of a small collection of indigenous animals such as raccoons, alligators and an aviary with a variety of exotic birds. As the collection grew, the animals were moved to the more centrally located Lowry Park in 1957, by Mayor Nick Nuccio, where it was maintained by Tampa'sParks Department. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo celebrated many noteworthy animal collection accomplishments in 2009-10, including several significant births: the Zoo’s first Indian rhino calf; the Zoo’s first and second Grevy’s zebra foals; and the Zoo’s first African white rhinoceros calf. The Zoo also made history - becoming the first wildlife institution in North America to hatch a rare African shoebill stork chick, and just the second institution worldwide.
|Catching a nap.|
|I loved the color contrast!|
|Isn't he regal!|
|They are so unique.|
Next we had to make a stop for lunch. We ate at the Garden Grille. I had a cheese burger, minus the bun, a garden salad, and a diet drink. My daughter had a fish sandwich, side salad and lemonade. The only unusual thing is, they don't use lids or straws. This is done for the animal's safety. They need to keep items like that from getting in with the animals as these could injure one of them.
|The baby was cute.|
A quick question for my neighbors, did you know that there are penguins who do not live in snow? These were African Penguins. Their body shape is a little different. We were taking pictures, and one started growling at my daughter. At least it sounded like a growl. She tried to get a video, but every time she turned it on, he stopped. Maybe he was shy!
|The one in front with the yellow band was growling!|
On to the elephants, giraffes, and camels. In this section of the zoo, I saw the strangest bird. It is called a Shoebill Stork. This bird has one of the largest bills I have ever seen. The informational sign said that in hot
weather the parent will get a bill-ful of water and pour it over the eggs to keep them cool.
We then headed to the children's section. Here there is a small petting zoo, Koi that you can touch, if you can get them to come to the surface near you, Emu, pony rides, and bats. Another unique find here is the singing dog, who can also climb trees. Last of all we ran back to visit the otters. Somehow we missed them earlier in the day.
|One of the Koi.|
There is a carousel, small roller coaster, and a safari ride at the Lowry Park Zoo. We did not have time for the ride, because our time was limited, but we did manage to visit all the areas that were open. They also have a water fountain area where the children can splash and cool off a little. Lowry Park Zoo is renovating some areas of the zoo. The gators, stingrays, along with most of the American section.
|One of the Emu.|
The Tampa Lowry Park Zoo is well worth your time to visit. They have signs beside each display with fun facts and information. Lowry Park Zoo also is a manatee hospital for injured manatees. We have actually seen them when we have gone canoeing, out in their natural habitat. They are often injured by propellers on boats and by nets. The Lowry Park Zoo undertakes nursing them back to health.
|One of the Manatee.|
ADMISSION: NEW FOR 2011 – Unlimited amusement rides included with admission!
One-Day Ticket Prices:
$23.95 for adults
$21.95 for seniors (60+)
$18.95 for children ages 3-11
FREE for children ages 2 and under
DIRECTIONS: The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of
I-275 (exit 48) and approximately 5.5 miles north of downtown Tampa.
CONTACT: For more information, please call (813) 935-8552 or visit
The Tampa Lowry Park Zoo has special admission days where you can get in for $5 each, so be sure to check their calendar!
|A perfect ending to a wonderful day!|
Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive 2 passes to the Lowry Park Zoo. All quotes are taken directly from the Lowry Park Zoo or website. All thoughts and opinions are entirely mine.