For exotic photographs that look like you have traveled around the globe, visit Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. It was established in 1930, was rated #1 by Parents magazine, and has a ton of animals, shows, rides, food… Well, let’s hear it straight from the mouth of babe(s). My daughter recently visited this amazing zoo and in her own words she described it as only an excited child would:
Wow! We just got back from the zoo in Tampa. Oh my goodness, it was really fun!!! I got to feed a long-necked giraffe. The giraffes were humongo and one even licked me! When they wanted me to give them food, they would stick their huge, blue tongues at me. Ha! Ha! Ha! Oh, yeah we even fed the stingrays.
We also saw penguins, elephants, rhinos, sharks, camels, spotted hyenas, deer, hogs, orangutans, monkeys, koala bears, a cheetah, a lion, a bear, MANATEES (my favorite!), alligators, crocodiles, turtles, snakes, wolves, and sooo much more. The orangutans remind me of people and are so talented and smart. They’re especially funny!
I didn’t know there was so much to see and do at the zoo in Tampa. If I had known, I would have brought my camera like my mom always tells me to do because you never know when some great shots and memories will happen. Boy, is that true! The day was amazing and it ended with a special surprise. Since I love manatees so much, I got to choose one as a souvenir in one of the shops. It’s a puppet and makes a sound.
I hope I can go back for the “Wild at Heart” event during Valentine’s Day. The zoo is going to feature love stories of animals and how they met. Ha! Ha! Ha! That will be funny. The food and drinks sound awesome too. I think that is a very different way to celebrate Valentine’s Day because usually people just give candy and flowers or go out to dinner. How about learning about the animal fairytale romance and getting dinner and a history of the zoo too? That sounds more exciting to me. Grown ups can be so predictable!
There you have it, dear readers, the exciting and honest review of a young recent visitor to the Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. And don’t forget to bring your camera because you never know when that great Kodak moment will happen! Maybe even bring your special someone for the “Wild at Heart” Valentine’s Day event. Even a twelve year old knows how to give something unique and special for Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner.
Photography by Lena Hunt and Laurent Crassous.