Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo has a new name and a new look as they prepare for some new additions as well.
The iconic zoo is now called ZooTampa at Lowry Park and the zoo unveiled a new logo as well.
The announcement was made on Thursday by CEO Joe Couceiro.
“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 Couceiro.
The zoo will unveil a new flume ride called "Roaring Springs" and it will expand several exhibits including putting millions toward rehabilitating manatees. They're also working to upgrade the panther, otter and stingray habitats.
“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" said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
The revitalization of the Zoo will happen in several phases:
- Roaring Springs - a wild, new family water adventure, presented by Pinch A Penny, will open later 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 vital care to Florida wildlife like 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 gentle sea cows before they are released back into the wild. The area will also feature interactions with playful otters and stingrays.