at Lowry Park Zoo
41-acre Lowry Park Zoo is ranked one of the top three zoos for
its size by the American
of Zoological Parks and Aquariums.
With 1,600 animals
representing 272 species (including 31 threatened or endangered species),
manatees are one of the Lowry Park Zoo's main attractions.
The Florida Manatee and Aquatic Center offers excellent underwater
views of manatees in a natural habitat.
There's also a manatee critical
care facility. Just like a hospital for humans, the manatee
x-ray and dark room, an operating room, and anesthesia for injured
or ill manatees. Pepsi Cola and the city of Tampa fund the center.
that regain their
full health are released back into the wild.
Although the aquatic center is available for viewing as part of the general
admission fee, behind-the-scenes tours of the hospital are
usually conducted Wednesday through
Contact info: Located at 7530 North Boulevard
in Tampa. Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call
813-935-8552 or website.
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