ZooTampa announces special breakfast and painting with elephants this August

You read that right. This August residents and visitors will have the chance to enjoy a light breakfast with beautiful elephants at ZooTampa. After the breakfast, guests will also witness the elephants paint a masterpiece. It’s a WILD way to start your day. Here’s the official event description from the zoo: “Join us for a light breakfast and a special training session featuring one of Africa’s most beloved and endangered species, the African elephant. Plus, get a photo and watch one of the large majestic pachyderms paint its very own masterpiece!”

The breakfast takes place August 20 and 27 from 8am-9:30am. Tickets for members are $85, and $110 for non-members. Those interested can reserve their spot on the ZooTampa website. Attendees will also enjoy access to the entire park after the program wraps up.


Five-time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2010-2015), ZooTampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern US, with close to 1 million visitors annually. The Zoo originated in the 1930’s as a municipal department with a small number of Florida native species. It grew gradually throughout the next four decades, but struggled to meet the developing professional standards of modern zoos. In 1982, community leaders created the Lowry Park Zoo Association to take over management of the Zoo for the City of Tampa with the goal of creating a world-class zoo through a public-private partnership. The Association then became the Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, Inc., as it remains today. 

The Zoo emphasizes endangered, threatened and vulnerable species from climates similar to that of the Tampa Bay region, with park areas devoted to Asia, Africa, Australia and Florida. Their animal habitats balance support for the maximum well-being of the animals with the importance of engaging their guests and inspiring them to protect and preserve wildlife. 

Friendly reminder, ZooTampa is also home to the fantastic Wendy’s Frosty Cart. The Zoo also announced a variety of new attractions and updates for this year and next.

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