Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
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What a great day at the zoo. Mike and me got there around 1:00pm. The weather was perfect!! We visited the Asian Gardens first. With it's Malayan Tapir, Clouded Leopard, Bearded Pigs, Sloth, and White Tiger. Then it was off to Lorikeet Landing. For a dollar you buy a small cup of nectar and the birds fly right in and make a landing for your arms, hands, and shoulders. It's cute to watch them negotiate each other to get to the cup of nectar. They use there little tounges to drink it. Got to see a Komodo Dragon!! The thing was huge!!
Next it was Primate World. We looked at the Orangutans, Lemurs, and the Colobus Monkeys. It seems that everyone was in a good mood. They were running all over there inclosure chasing each other. It was fun to watch. Both of the Colobus and Oranguntans had babies.
If you love birds then check ou the Free-Flight Aviary. Birds from all over the world.
Nest stop was Wallaroo Station. Took a few pictures of the Kangaroos and Wallabys. All were laying in the shade.
Before heading over to Safari Africa we made a quick stop at Penguin Beach. Cute little critters and they could swim like a rocket. Very intertaining to watch. Our first stop in Africa was the Meerkats. These guys are just cute to watch. We say Warthogs, Giraffe, Zebra, Gazelle, Elephants, and Rhino's. This entire exhibit is fantastic. The animals have plenty of room to run. You can also feed the Giraffes. There tounge is the longest one I have ever seen. Amazing!!
Next it was on to the Florida Wildlife Center. We saw Red Wolf, Flamingo, Black Bear, Wild Turkey, Alligator, Florida Panther, Skunk, and the Roseate Spoonbill.
The Manatee & Aquatic Center was the next stop. These animals are some of the most beautiful and graceful. When a manatee is injured in the wild they are brought to the Lowry Park Zoo for recovery and then released back into the wild. Each year many are hurt to motorboats speeding in NO WAKE ZONE area's. Tempertures below 70 degrees and very hard on the manatee's. They head up rivers and to powerplant warm water run off to stay warm. We got to see two river otters playing and eating in there pool. Energetic little creatures!!
Our last stop was the Southern Bald Eagle. A majestic and beautiful bird.
There is a lot to do for the kids like Gator Falls Flume Ride, Treetop Skyfari, Pony Trek, Boomer's Flyin' Banana's Ride, Jungle Carousel, Muster Ride, and Camel Safari.
There are plenty places to fill the stomach like The Garden Grille, Paradise Cafe, Safari Lodge, Tolson's BBQ, and Tamani's Oasis. The prices are not to bad either. There is a gift shop at the entrance.
Overall it was a great day to visit the zoo!!