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Lowry Park Zoo
Lowry Park Zoo Review
Natural-habitat exhibits featuring clouded leopard cubs in Asia Gardens make the 56-acre Lowry Park Zoo one of the best midsize zoos in the country. Safari Africa is the home of a herd of African elephants, and residents of the nearby Ituri Forest include cheetahs and lovably plump pygmy hippos. The stars at Primate World range from cat-size lemurs to a family of heavyweight Bornean orangutans that love to ham for the camera. As you stroll through, keep an eye out for okapis, a rare forest giraffe from Central Africa.
For hands-on experiences, Lowry has more options than most large parks, including chances to ride a camel, feed a giraffe, or touch a slippery stingray. Majestic red-tailed hawks and other raptors put on a show at the Birds of Prey Center. You can come face-to-face with Florida manatees at the Manatee Aquatic Center, the only nonprofit manatee rehab center on the planet. Dwindling native species like Florida panthers, black bears, and red wolves may be tough to find in the wild, but you can easily find them at the Florida Wildlife Center. Kookaburras, emus, and wallabies populate the Wallaroo Station children's zoo. There are also water-play areas, rides (all of which are included with zoo admission), shows, and restaurants.
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