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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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This zoo is part of the college but it is a great attraction that is open to the public. For a small fee (only $5.00 ) which i am sure helps to off set the cost you can see some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This zoo is part of the college but it is a great attraction that is open to the public. For a small fee (only $5.00 ) which i am sure helps to off set the cost you can see some great animals. All the zoo keepers are students and they are very friendly and knowledgeable. one of the keepers was... More 

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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Many Thanks for visiting and experiencing our facility. The students and staff take great pride in creating the habitats and viewing areas for everyone to enjoy. On your next visit, we can schedule an animal encounter, please call 352-395-5603 for more information. More 

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Awesome teaching zoo. We really enjoyed our day at the Zoo. We went with my daughter's school class. We loved the small intimate setting.

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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the Zoo. We offer animal encounters where you will have the opportunity to interact with four to five different educational animals. Contact us today to schedule at 352-395-5603. More 

Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Good local trip for the kids. $5 for adults. Teaching zoo so staff is friendly, young, and energetic. Great kiddie outing for the local vocals.

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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

We appreciate you stopping by and seeing our facility. On your next visit, we can plan an animal encounter or shadow a zookeeper for the morning. Contact 352-395-5603 for more information. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is a small but great zoo. The staff was very friendly. The variety of animals was enough to keep my 4 and 9 year old entertained. My mom loved it! Nice little play area in the middle with covered picnic tables. Benches throughout.

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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

We appreciate you stopping by and seeing our facility. On your next visit, we can plan an animal encounter or shadow a zookeeper for the morning. Contact 352-395-5603 for more information. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

fun little zoo set in the woods. take bug spray. nice assortment of small animals and birds. it' well shaded. great place for a walk

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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! We have some new additions to our zoo family. We encourage you to stop by or inquire about our additional programs like an animal encounter or shadow program. More 

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

This is a great little zoo if you love animals and want to kill an hour. It is a very natural setting with trees everywhere and mulched paths. There was a good variety of animals and decent viewing areas. There is a cute little playground in the middle for the little ones.

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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the Zoo. We offer animal encounters where you will have the opportunity to interact with four to five different educational animals. Contact us today to schedule at 352-395-5603. More 

Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Thanks to tripadvisor I found this place. It is a 10 acre zoo that is part of the curriculum of a zookeeper program at Santa Fe College. I happen to have a 10 year old who would love to be a zookeeper and truth be told, I might have done this program if I had known about it oh so... More 

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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

We appreciate you stopping by and seeing our facility. On your next visit, we can plan an animal encounter or shadow a zookeeper for the morning. Contact 352-395-5603 for more information. More 

Aventura, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Great place to visit with kids! It has a nice variety of animals and it is an enjoyable walk. We also brought our lunch and ate in the picnic tables by the playground.

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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the Zoo. We offer animal encounters where you will have the opportunity to interact with four to five different educational animals. Contact us today to schedule at 352-395-5603. More 

Anthony, Florida
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12 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Took the kids the other day. Had a 3 year old, 2 8 year olds and a 11 year old and was there for a total of an hours. This includes the kiddos playing on the play ground.

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

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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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Many Thanks for visiting and experiencing our facility. The students and staff take great pride in creating the habitats and viewing areas for everyone to enjoy. On your next visit, we can schedule an animal encounter, please call 352-395-5603 for more information. More 

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