Dear Friend of the Zoo,
You probably remember your last visit to Lowry Park Zoo as one that was fun, filled with new sights and sounds, and hopefully one that left you a little more inspired about the wildlife around us, both locally and throughout the world. What you may not know is that your enjoyable visit is linked to a deeper mission to connect people with the living earth, inspire us all to treasure the natural world and act wisely on its behalf. Being a steward of this mission includes safeguarding the animal collection that we have, expanding every visitor’s educational experience, and growing the long-term financial resources of the Lowry Park Zoo Endowment Foundation.
To ensure that we reach these important goals and continue serving the community as one of the most popular cultural facilities in Florida, the leadership of Lowry Park Zoo publicly announced the $10 million New Horizons Campaign last December. The Campaign will provide vital support for the development of a new and innovative Veterinary Hospital and Animal Science and Conservation Center, as well as updates and refinements to the popular Mason M. and Charles P. Lykes Florida Wildlife Center. It also includes projects at the Manatee and Aquatic Center, the David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Hospital, and future exhibits that will feature additional African species and the wildlife of Latin America, as well as various educational initiatives throughout the Zoo.
We agreed to Co-Chair this campaign because we believe it is vital to the future of the far-reaching work of Lowry Park Zoo. Currently the Campaign has raised $6 million toward these needed projects and plans, and we would like to invite you to join us in supporting the Zoo with a multi-year pledge or a one-time gift to the New Horizons Campaign. You can give online through this secure website.
We encourage you to visit the Zoo again soon, check out the exciting changes and additions found at the Florida Wildlife Center and around the Zoo, and discover what new creatures you may have missed before. Thank you again for your consideration of a pledge or gift to the New Horizons Campaign. We are grateful for your support!
Animal Health and Conservation
A Challenge Match for Manatees
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is widely known for caring for critically injured, sick and orphaned manatees. This endangered species has been at the heart of the Zoo’s commitment to conservation of Florida wildlife for more than 20 years. Without support from you and others in our community, the Zoo cannot continue critical care of manatees. Your gift will help the Zoo to treat manatee patients, have a positive impact on survival of this species, and reach more visitors every day about what it takes to save these Florida treasures.
The Zoo’s manatee hospital is the only not-for-profit hospital in the world specifically dedicated to manatee rehabilitation, and one of just three rehabilitation facilities in Florida.
Originally constructed in 1990, the facility needs upgrades to its manatee life-support system, renovation
of the aquatic center building, and improvements to an area that allows Zoo guests to see veterinary staff and Zoo keepers caring for injured manatees. Recently the Zoo received a $500,000 challenge match from Tampa residents Marylou and Jim Bailey. These funds are dedicated to make significant improvements to the Zoo’s Manatee and Aquatic Center, which includes The David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Hospital.
We need your help. Every two dollars we receive from you will be matched by one dollar from the Bailey
family to raise a total of $1.5 million to make the needed improvements
About the David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Hospital
The Florida Manatee and Aquatic Center at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo expands the traditional boundaries of a zoo, focusing efforts on critical care for injured, sick and orphaned wild manatees through the Zoo’s David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital. It is the only non-profit manatee hospital in the world specifically dedicated to the treatment of these endangered animals. The Zoo has treated more than 300 manatees since opening the facility in 1991, successfully rehabilitating and releasing more than half of those patients with the goal of returning each one back to its native waters. The Zoo receives rescue animals for a great variety of reasons, the most common being: boat strikes, orphans, cold stress, red tide and entanglement.
Our friends at the Save the Manatee Club have created a FREE iPhone app
that alerts you when your boat is entering a manatee zone! Download the app here