ZooTampa at Lowry Park has big plans for a 20-year expansion in Hillsborough County, Florida. Per the Tampa Bay Times, the $125 million venture will expand the already-existing African and Asian habitats, plus offer a brand-new South American habitat.
The initiative will feature lions, giant river otters, sea lions, jaguars, manatees, and more. The Tampa Bay Business Journal notes that developers will focus first on native Florida animals.
Right now, ZooTampa already has a new stingray exhibit and manatee rehabilitation center underway. The latter venture’s expected to open in late 2023. By 2026, guests will have the opportunity to literally see eye-to-eye with manatees in an interactive exhibit.
In addition to the new animal-based exhibits, developers also hope to have an entertainment and retail district inside Lowry Park. They also hope to supplement the venture with a river taxi that will bring visitors across the Hillsborough River to the park.
At the time of publication, some proposals were still seeking approval from various authorities. Upon completion, the expansion’s estimated to generate more than $1 million in tax revenue annual.
Some sources note that ZooTampa at Lowry Park’s expansion comes just months after Florida Aquarium announced its $40 million renovation. The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that the renovation will feature a host of new exhibits, including an African penguin enclosure.
ZooTampa at Lowry Park’s address is 1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33604, in Hillsborough County.