Lowry Park was Tampa's first zoo. Busch Gardens, the theme park which also has a large zoo, did not open until 1959.
The seven exhibit areas in the zoo are: Asian Domain, Primate World, Manatee and Aquatic Center, Florida Wildlife Center, Free-Flight Aviary, Wallaroo Station children's zoo, and the new Safari Africa.
The zoo was established in the late 1930's on the banks of the Hillsborough River in Plant Park. It consisted of a small collection of indigenous animals such as raccoons, alligators and an aviary with a variety of exotic birds.