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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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Great zoo, rare animals

This is a fantastic zoo and if you are in Gainesville, I would definitely recommend you go. The animals are very well kept. This zoo provides habitats that are food and toy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This is a fantastic zoo and if you are in Gainesville, I would definitely recommend you go. The animals are very well kept. This zoo provides habitats that are food and toy enriched and full of hiding places for the animals if they don't wish to be observed. Although it makes it hard to see some of the animals, many... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We made it a day trip to Gainesville from Jacksonville, FL to the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo and it was well worth the trip. We traveled with another family with children ages 7, 9, and 13. We really enjoyed all the animals at the zoo as well as the lovely trees that provided lots of shade on a warm,... More 

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

I took my 13 month old daughter and she loved it. We walked around for about an hour, plenty of time to see it all and played on the playground for a bit. the staff/students told us a lot about the animals and were very friendly. The whole zoo is practically shaded so even on a warmer day it would... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This is a sweet place. Lots of enthusiastic students that will be happy to tell you about the animals and the programs. The zoo ( and this is what it is) hosts a variety of exotic animals and birds that are of special interest to little ones. Hence the abundance of parents and children having a great day.

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High Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Very well kept and maintained. Very interesting selection of animals. It is not a large zoo, but enough for small children . Very helpful staff when you had a question. Great family outing.

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Groton, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A nice little zoo. The most engaging exhibits for a small child were the gibbons (active and LOUD) and the alligators (impressive up close). Easy walking trails that will accommodate a stroller. You can see the whole zoo in a couple of hours. Most exhibits are open air, so go on a day that isn't rainy or overly hot since... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

when my kids where small I brought my children here all the time, the student guilds always made it entertaining, informative and exciting for small, all children and parents alike. Kids cant get lost cause its a small, cozy, inviting teaching zoo

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

An impressive place for children and adults. We had a student guide who provided excellent information on the animals (and they all have been given pet names 8^).

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This little zoo is a part of the local college, so you're not going to see the African "Big 5" here, but it's a beautiful, shaded facility (important to guests and residents!) that's easily walkable and would be a lovely stroll even without the animals! We were there without children, but there's a great playground that seemed to be a... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I found this zoo to be educational and fun. The students were beyond helpful and answered all of my questions. All sorts of animals from all over the world, just as described. I did not get to see anybody but the students and the lady behind the counter but all were very nice and eager to help. I loved that.... More 

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