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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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Wonderful venue for grandchild

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Florida
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165 reviews 165 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Gainesville, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The Santa Fe zoo is small and has a nice local feel to it. It's a great place to spend a few hours exploring, and learning about the animals. There are various presentations offered throughout the day, and all of the animal handlers seemed very friendly and knowledgeable. They didn't mind answering questions whenever we had them (which was pretty... 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 

Gainesville, Florida
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179 reviews 179 reviews
101 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This is a real hidden treasure right here in Gainesville. I think they may be a small fee, but it is worth it. Because of its consice size, it only takes an hour or so to see. Tip #1 Boo at the Zoo around Halloween is super fun, and is free. Tip #2 Santa Fe is rated the #1 Community... 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 

North Carolina mountains
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Limited animals, but what was there was interesting. The staff is all around to help with information. They had the BEST monkey exhibit I have ever seen. I recommend it. You could spend 4-5 hours if you take your time, and listen to all the scheduled talks about animals.

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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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53 reviews 53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My daughter is a student here and was able to show us around. They do give tours to those who are interested or you can just wander around the paths. While the zoo isn't large, it's a fun to see the animals and birds they have.

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

Thanks for visiting! We also have WIFI and picnic tables for the family to enjoy breakfast or lunch. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The zoo has great exhibits, many different animal habitats with very knowledgeable students to educate you on the specifics. Best of all its very well priced!! My family and I had an amazing time. My favorite but also most terrifying was the alligator habitat!

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Gainesville, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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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 

Jacksonville, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! We also have WIFI and picnic tables for the family to enjoy breakfast or lunch, so come back and welcome to the family a baby White-handed Gibbon. More 

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