FC: Tampa Lowry Park Zoo Permanent Exhibit Temporary Exhibit: DinoQuest Admission
1: Signs throughout the zoo promoting DoniQuest. Zoo Manners. The entrance and signs leading into the DinoQuest exhibit.
2: The exhibit entrance theme was "walking back in time" from modern to prehistoric time.
3: Exhibit displays and labels provide detailed information on each dinosaur. Each label had "Dino Data" which explains the diet, height, weight, length and locomotion for each animal. Information went into detail about the name as well as a "Link to the Past" which featured current species that are similar.
4: The curators and exhibit designers went to great lengths to create an immersive exhibit atmosphere (it also made the exhibit appear to be larger then it actually was). Manipulation of winding paths, one way outs, and the use of natural and tropical foliage really expressed this. Signs were also clearly posted"please stay on path" and "please stay off the rocks."
5: Saving the best for last, the grand finale, the T'Rex Habitat. There was a place completely dedicated for this display.
6: A giant slide, fossil dig and fossil identification lab was provided for children at the end of the exhibit. There was also a display on how each display was built.
8: Doors lead you into the gift shop. This shop had separate merchandise from the main shop. Stamps were used for identification for proof of purchase. Just for fun you know, Add-A-Kid. :-)
9: I wanted to continue to share the rest of my visit with everyone. These are some "behind the scene shots" that kind of pop up out of no where. Part of the zoo is expanding, as you can see by the walk way. Administration buildings and facilities are the two on the right.
11: There were boxes of 'fresh romaine lettuce everywhere. . .guess its a manatee favorite! | The Manatee Hospital was on view, I thought it was appropriate for Florida. There is also rehabilitation and staff working with manatees throughout the day. They are also available for questions. Signs were provided to show the lay out of the hospital as well as information for children to find interesting.
12: Something nice to see was information provided on animals and recognition to their donors to make their habitat nice like the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County.
13: I though it was interesting the zoo took a theme park approach over the years. There are three or four rides that are intertwined in the habitats of some animals. The water slide here goes over the Alligator Habitat and Turkey Habitat. | Also, for visitor convenience, there was a photo station of your time on the right, towel, toy and cafe located at the exit of the right.
14: It took me about four hours total to go through the whole zoo. Probably could have gone back to a few places to reread some labels and observe some animals. I saw these designated smoking area and non-smoking signs throughout the park. This came to such a surprise for me, to me I do not understand why people cannot just wait a few measly hours before continuing on with their well earned habit. Smoking is a choice and institutions like these should not be made to acknowledge them.
15: There were several opportunities to feed animals. Birds, rhinoceros and giraffes were just a few. The rhinoceros feeding was closed down leaving the giraffes to be the only one open with a few aviaries. I turned into a kid again and had to do it!
16: There were animal adoption signs everywhere, as well as donation boxes and brick wall/path of endangered species. All the money raised goes into maintaining the animal habitat, feeding and health care!
17: I chose a zoo because I have not examined one in the mindset of a museum, ever. It was definitely a challenge. There were multiple different departments you could see from a visitor point of view such as: Development, Marketing and PR, Facilities and Grounds Maintenance, Education, Curatorial, Conservation/Preservation (veterinarian & keepers), Gift shop, Admission, Rides and Cafe (although I am sure they fall under the same department title or category). Even though I did not take pictures of volunteers, I did see several "docents" standing near animal habitats answering questions. I also had seen a private tour going on as well (they were feeding the rhinos). The DinoQuest exhibit did not have any kind of tours. Security was another part of the museum I kept my eye open for, but I could not find them! That was a shock! I am assuming that the zoo had several camera well hidden in all of the greenery around the park.