ZooTampa just announced a litany of new attractions for the 2022 season, including expanded habitats for Florida Panthers and native Black Bears, underwater views for the Stingray Bay, and the arrival of Hamadryas Baboons. This furthers the organization’s commitment to conservation and education in the city of Tampa.
The expanded wildlife habitat will provide a sanctuary for the endangered Florida panthers, while allowing visitors to observe them in their habitat. This will also allow for all of the Florida Panthers currently under the care of ZooTampa to be in their habitat together.
Good news for Rays fans, Stingray Bay is back with a big expansion. In addition to surface viewing, the new tank will also allow for underwater viewing. The interactive center is of course a favorite amongst families, and offers invaluable insights into Florida’s vibrant ecosystem.
ZooTampa helps endangered Florida Panthers
ZooTampa is also set expand its critical care center. The Zoo’s David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center is the first non-profit, acute care facility of its kind specifically dedicated to critical care for wild manatees, and one of just four contracted federally permitted manatee rehabilitation centers in the US.
Since 1991, the manatee care and veterinary team have treated over 500 manatees with the majority reintroduced back to Florida waters.
Hamadryas Baboon is a species of baboon from the Old World monkey family. It is the northernmost of all the baboons, being native to the Horn of Africa and the southwestern region of the Arabian Peninsula. he hamadryas baboon was a sacred animal to the ancient Egyptians and appears in various roles in ancient Egyptian religion, hence its alternative name of ‘sacred baboon’
Expanding the critical care center
ZooTampa at Lowry Park is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in conservation, education, recreation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor.
You can keep up with ZooTampa news on Instagram (that’s also where you can watch full video announcement.