TAMPA, FL – Lowry Park Zoo announced a series of new developments at a press conference Thursday, including a name change to ZooTampa at Lowry Park, a new logo and a new water ride. The zoo also shared future plans that will enhance the zoo’s capacity to preserve Florida wildlife.
"Our new logo is symbolic of our brand’s evolution during the past two years and our vision for the future. It is representative of our growing commitment to wildlife conservancy, as well as the major role we will play in the heartbeat of Tampa’s future," said ZooTampa CEO Joe Couceiro.
Couceiro laid out an ambitious plan for the revitalization of the zoo in several phases:
Roaring Springs – a new family water adventure, presented by Pinch A Penny, will open this spring.Key West – an original region of the Florida realm will be renovated showcasing the colorful sights and sounds of Florida’s southernmost point.Florida Wilds – the Florida Boardwalk will be transformed to expand its capacity to provide care to Florida wildlife such as black bears, Key deer and panthers.Florida Waters – construction is underway on an upgraded life support system at the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center allowing the zoo to treat even the most severe cases. The center offers guests views of real-time rehabilitation of injured manatees. A future reimagined manatee recovery habitat will allow guests more ways to be nose-to-nose with the sea cows before they are released back into the wild. The area will also feature interactions with otters and stingrays.
"We are in a time of new beginnings," Couceiro said. "From new inspirational encounters and a refreshed look, to a reinforced dedication to education, to Florida wildlife rehabilitation and release programs – every component of the zoo will be touched by this exciting transformation. We are committed to providing our great city with an iconic zoo with a bold vision to motivate guests in taking action to protect and preserve wildlife."
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn added: "ZooTampa is a part of this city’s legacy. It’s a jewel that gives Tampa families and tourists a place to connect, have fun and learn about wildlife conservation. I am proud to have this beloved, iconic Zoo in our backyard. Their vision for the future aligns with Tampa’s growth and adds to our destination."
Photos via ZooTampa