The Zoo has established a partnership with the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) at USF to improve our capacity to serve children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. As a result, the Zoo has been designated an “autism friendly business.”
The Zoo has visual aids and “tool-kits” available at the front gate which contain supplies and small toys which can be borrowed at the guest’s request for assistance. Gluten-free menu options are also available at Zoo restaurants.
We are happy to provide an Autism-friendly version of the Zoo map. Please see any front gate ticket window for a copy or click here to print and plan at home before your visit.
We are pleased to offer “Scripted Stories” to assist with your Zoo Visit. The social experience stories are to help parents, teachers and other caregivers prepare guests with autism for their visit to the Zoo. The stories help to minimize sensory issues they may encounter or difficulties understanding rules and unexpected experiences. It is suggested that you review the stories prior to the visit to the zoo. The story booklets are available at the Zoo, just ask a staff member for details.
DOWNLOAD THE FOLLOWING "STORIES" FOR YOUR ZOO VISIT:
All of the Zoo’s restaurants have wheelchair-accessible entrances. Family restrooms which accommodate wheelchairs or companions are located adjacent to the Garden Grille restaurant (near the front gate), Wallaroo Station and the Safari Africa plaza.
The Zoo’s Visitor Service staff is pleased to assist guests requiring special assistance to ensure an enjoyable experience. Please contact a supervisor in advance of your visit by email or at 813-935-8552 ext. 250.