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  • Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
    Normally, you wouldn't expect to cross paths with giant glowing pandas, dragons, and other mythical creatures at the zoo, but that's exactly what visitors at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo will find. The luminescent creatures are all part of the Zoominations festival, which celebrates the ancient Chinese art of lantern sculpture. Spread across 26 acres, Zoominations features 30 unique and beautiful scenes inspired by Chinese folklore, inviting guests on a cultural journey that has toured London, Toronto, and Beijing. Millions of LED lights and lanterns illuminate the festival grounds, showcasing the ingenuity of skilled artists from the Sichuan Province in China. Zoominations also boasts an Asian market, nightly performances, and dining experiences on select nights. For more information about what to expect, visit the Zoominations Facebook page.
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    1101 W Sligh Ave.
    Tampa, FL US
  • Suncoast Primate Sanctuary
    Staffed by a corps of chimp-loving volunteers working alongside veterinarians, the nonprofit Suncoast Primate Sanctuary provides a safe haven for more than 100 rescued animals. Chimpanzees and monkeys swing freely in their enclosures, living out their days after being moved from other environments, including zoos, sanctuaries, and research centers, or retiring from the film industry as animal actors and studio executives. During public hours, children and adults can wander among the menagerie to feed the monkeys and meet other critters such as orangutans, macaws, lemurs, and alligators.
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    4600 Palm Harbor Blvd
    Palm Harbor, FL US
  • Florida International Teaching Zoo
    Dedicated to responsible public education and the conservation of endangered and rare animals, the staffers of the Florida International Teaching Zoo tend to a diverse collection of living beings while teaching students to do the same. Amid the rustling feathers of Lady Amherst pheasants and the uncontrollable laughter of spotted hyenas reading the works of Oscar Wilde aloud, the school’s pupils spend days practicing their cage-side manner and stockpiling wildlife know-how through classes and conservation projects around the globe. To round out their tuition, students helm zoo tours for visitors four days a week, practicing their newly minted public-management skills and granting guests a chance to take in the wonders of the natural world in an intimate setting.
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    4258 SW 52nd Ter
    Bushnell, FL US
  • Public Safety Organization
    Public Safety Organization's Fall Festival honors the changing seasons with hayrides and a healthy dose of mud as the festival kicks off with a nearly 3-mile morning mud run. Afterward, families enjoy themselves until sundown, stopping by the petting zoo to bond with barnyard animals, and noshing on autumnal food and drinks.
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    5326 Van Dyke Road
    Lutz, FL US
  • Big Cat Rescue
    Founder Carole Baskin never dreamt she'd one day oversee a 55-acre sanctuary inhabited by some of Earth's largest cats. In 1992, she and her late husband were at an exotic-animal auction seeking out llamas for their farm. A man had a 6-month-old bobcat that he could no longer care for, and the pair decided to give it a place to call home. They then traveled to a bobcat breeder for another playmate, but upon seeing the horrible conditions the animals were kept in, they bought all 56 kittens. They rehabilitated them back to health, and gave them permanent homes on their then-40-acre site. Soon, word of her knack for nurturing spread beyond the Tampa area, and callers began donating abandoned or orphaned cats. Her mission to save these animals also reached the ears and hearts of many celebrities, including contributors Harrison Ford and Bo Derek. After 20 years of hard work and learning, Carole is still caring for abused and abandoned big cats at her rescue site, accommodating more than 100 medium and large creatures from bengal tigers and black leopards to lynx and lions. Her staff of volunteers helps care for the animals and leads groups in tours that educate visitors on the plight of these animals both in the wild and in captivity.
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    12802 Easy St
    Tampa, FL US
  • Shark-Con
    This Florida Aquarium-sponsored event celebrates the aquatic predator and its fellow ocean life with activities and fun for all ages. Guests can test out the latest scuba-diving equipment in a pool, or try their hands and legs at paddleboarding. Educators let visitors feed bamboo sharks, which surprisingly look nothing like wood. Touch tanks hold even more animals, from horseshoe crabs to snakes, while fossils from the aquarium open a window into oceans past. To foster a greater appreciation of the world's waters, Shark-Con brings in experts from Discovery Channel's Shark Week, National Geographic, and other areas of marine science. There will also be fishing clinics and a "how to set up a saltwater tank" clinic, as well as kids activities like a shark tooth dig, bounce house, coloring projects, and a shark ride. Check out 75 ocean-themed vendors after watching "The Last Shark".
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    4800 U.S. 301
    Tampa, FL US

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