ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., features iconic Florida species and wildlife from around the world. In Safari Africa and Ituri Forest, see animals such as okapi, pygmy hippos, meerkats and rhinos. An adorable colony of African penguins show off their expert swimming skills in a beach-themed habitat.
Enjoy behind-the-scenes views of dozens of animals including elephants and patas monkeys on a 15-minute narrated tram tour. Feel the rush on the new water adventure Roaring Springs. Trek to discover endangered Florida wildlife, then board a boat for a journey along a flowing stream and thrill to the roar of a three-story splashdown. The Florida Boardwalk harbors endangered Florida panthers, Florida black bears, river otters, Key deer and manatees. In the Asian Gardens, revel in the beauty of such rare or endangered species as Malayan tigers, clouded leopards, tapirs and Komodo dragons.
Wallaroo Station is an Australian-themed children's area where you can walk just a few footsteps away from wallabies and visit koalas. Kids can also enjoy the petting zoo and cool off in a water play area. Also enjoy the Tasmanian Tiger roller coaster, Boomers' Flyin' Bananas, Macaw Flyover, Bird of Prey Show, animal mingles and keeper chats.
Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.