There are some BIG changes coming to ZooTampa in Lowry Park. This morning, ZooTampa announced its expansion plan to add more attractions and expand the park all the way to the Hillsborough River. This multi-year vision will add new immersive wildlife experiences, dining, entertainment district and more. The project is expected to cost $125 million and will take about 20 years to complete.
ZooTampa does some incredible conservation work. Mostly known for the David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center, which is the first of its kind. Their team has treated over 400 manatees and has reintroduced 230 of them into Florida waters. One of the first projects to be completed in the new expansion is an expanded manatee rehab facility, which is expected to debut in 2026.
In a press release from ZooTampa, President and CEO Joe Couceiro said: “As ZooTampa embarks on an even more extraordinary future, we remain committed to transforming with the resilient Tampa Bay community.”
Some changes have already unveiled. The new immersive Florida Wilds area features expanded habitats for endangered and threatened native species