Tampa’s ZooQuarium team rescues 400 manatees
Conservation efforts are very important to the ZooTampa team in Florida. The park is well known for caring for injured and sick orphaned manatees. The zoo team has been caring for manatees for more than 20 years. Since 1991, the special manatee care team at the zoo and team of vets have managed to treat and rehabilitate more than 400 of these gentle creatures. Of these, more than 230 of them have been released back into Florida waters.
In its mission to help save Florida wildlife, the ZooTampa team recently completed a full upgrade to the manatee critical care centre water filtration system – an intrinsic piece of equipment in the care of manatees.
As the manatees recover, visitors can visit them at the care centre which is part of the zoo. This is the perfect day out for all wildlife lovers, who get to experience two of the best attractions of Florida’s Tampa Bay – The Florida Aquarium and ZooTampa at Lowry Park.
These parks combine animal fun as well as conservation efforts. You can encounter inspiring sea creatures, rides as well as incredible wildlife.
Animal highlights include Sdudla – the head of a herd of elephants, who weighs more than 10,000 pounds. The park is also home to rare animals such as manatees and orangutans, and offers educational experiences so that visitors can learn more about endangered species as well as current conservation efforts to try and protect them.
The Aquarium also teaches visitors about endangered sea life and offers the opportunity to touch sting rays. Other residents include alligators, otters and pythons as well as a 300-pound goliath grouper – one of the ocean’s largest fish.