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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

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3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
+1 352-395-5601
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Great little Zoo

This is a fun zoo trip, especially for kids. We usually bring a picnic lunch - there are tables... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fort White
Extensive interaction with advanced students & staff greatly enriches your visit!

Don't expect a massive zoo with state of the art enclosures and a wide variety of animals. This is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jack E
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The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo houses 70 species, and 250 individual animals in its collection, including white handed gibbons, red ruffed lemurs, ocelots, bald eagles, Galapagos tortoises, African grey parrots, and Matschie’s tree kangaroo. Days Open: Monday - Sunday 9am – 2pm. The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is Gainesville’s community zoo and the training facility for the Zoo Animal Technology Program. Situated on 10 forested acres, students in the Zoo Animal Technology Program provide daily care for the animals as well as tours of the zoo grounds. The personalized tours are designed to give visitors a more educational and enjoyable experience and to give zoo students more experience working with guests.
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3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
+1 352-395-5601
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fun zoo trip, especially for kids. We usually bring a picnic lunch - there are tables outside the entrance. This little zoo has continued to improve through the years, great for kids! They also have a special trick or treat for Halloween...More

Thank patriciasA1472WI
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't expect a massive zoo with state of the art enclosures and a wide variety of animals. This is a small zoo at a college. It is, as the name says, a Teaching Zoo. As a result, there are students and instructors everywhere (including inside...More

Thank Jack E
Reviewed 3 January 2018

The zoo is small but very interesting. It is a teaching zoo so there was numerous students walking around ready to answer our questions about some of the animals. Seems as if most of the animals were former rescues. The paths are mulch covered the...More

Thank David N
Reviewed 18 December 2017

Went on a Saturday morning. Weather was cool and pleasant, however a couple of the more tropical bird species found it a bit too cool for their liking and stayed inside where it was warmer. But there were still plenty of birds and animals to...More

Thank MVT-Bama
Reviewed 1 December 2017

Great family time together!! Good for people of all ages!!! Beautiful peacocks!!! Stayed with them until the wale fully spread is feathers!! Gorgeous!!

Thank beebop2017
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This is a wonderful place to take children. There are many different types of animals on display with the main attraction being the monkeys. Since this is a teaching zoo, there are many students on hand to answer questions.

Thank shuto3
Reviewed 23 October 2017

This is a great place to learn more about Florida's wild animals - and their animal colleagues around the world. Because it is relatively small, you get to engage with the zookeepers in training and they love to share the stories of all animals you...More

Thank caoky60
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

We visited this zoo last month. It is small and well shaded. There are not a lot of animals, but seems perfect for smaller children. Nice place to spend a quiet hour.

Thank acphifer
Reviewed 21 July 2017

I have been here on class field trips with the kids and we have also been here as a family a few times. Every time we go there there is very little interaction with the staff when this is supposed to be a "teaching zoo"....More

1  Thank Jeremy L
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is a phenomenal zoo. Because it's a teaching zoo there are plenty of students around that you can ask questions. It's not a huge zoo but it serves its purpose beyond expectation.

Thank Sararupa P
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6 January 2018|
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Response from shuto3 | Reviewed this property |
Here is the phone number and information to help answer your question: 352-395-5603 "Guest Services Wheelchair and Stroller Wheelchairs and strollers are welcomed in our Zoo. Currently, the Zoo does feature one wheelchair... More
DeEtta D
17 December 2017|
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Response from shuto3 | Reviewed this property |
I can't remember the exact cost but I think it was $10 or less.
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23 August 2015|
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Response from Haley S | Property representative |
As a representative from the Zoo, we are open daily from 9:00AM - 2PM daily. We are only closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tours are performed when scheduled in advance M-F, 9:30AM, 10:30AM, and 11:30AM... More