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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

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Address: 3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone Number: 352-395-5601
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Description: The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo houses 70 species, and 250 individual...
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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We were able to talk to students learning to be zoo-keepers as they cared for the animals in the small "zoo". They answered questions about the animals and the program of study... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Hopewell, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We were able to talk to students learning to be zoo-keepers as they cared for the animals in the small "zoo". They answered questions about the animals and the program of study. All in all a nice experience.

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Satsuma, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a place to go and learn a lot about animals on a scale unavailable at most zoos. Here you have an intimate access to animals you often are familiar with, at least superficially. The attendants explain, in a very knowledgeable way, detailed aspects of these animals and their fives. A very good place to take small children and... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I wasn't really expecting much from our local zoo. But, I have to give it to them, it is very affordable and actually a lot more to see than you would expect to be there. My kids absolutely loved it. we have been several more times since than...with that being said, this review is long over due!

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Wartburg, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much...but we were pleasantly surprised! This was well worth our time. They had a larger variety of animals than I expected and the atmosphere is just lovely. The whole park is ten acres, so it's not exhausting to to go thru the whole thing. It's set in a forested area and you are under... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

What a wonderful zoo and so very affordable for the family. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend it.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The zoo is a great place for families or couples wanting to see some cool animals. The price is very cheap to get in and you can decide to go on a tour or you can take yourself around the zoo. There are many snakes, alligator, birds, and much more to keep you interested. This may be the on zoo... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Santa Fe Teaching Zoo is a small and well maintained zoo; part of the Santa Fe College this is the only zookeeper training facility in the United States with it’s own accredited zoo. The zoo is home to over 200 animals representing over 75 different species. Beautiful peacocks roam freely in the 10 acre wooded area and most of... More 

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Took our 2 year old granddaughter here on a weekday for something to do together. She loved it. Just enough animals and exhibits to keep her interest and compact enough that it wasn't tiring. Student staff were friendly. polite and helpful as well as providing a bit of educational input. Priced extremely reasonable. Venue is easy to get to just... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

What a delightful little zoo! The students were friendly and shared so much information with us. The extinct (in the wild) Guam Rail "Coco" was a surprising animal to see, as was the Ocelots! My 10 year old has not stopped talking about our visit. :o) Thanks for opening this little treasure to the public.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I've been there many times and I have always had a ton of fun seeing a variety of animals while only paying $5!!! In my opinion this is the most cost-effective and fun place in Gainesville.

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Additional Information about Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

Address: Address: 3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone Number: 352-395-5601
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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