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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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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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Fun for the grand-kids

My son, daughter-in-law, and two young grandchildren made a morning by visiting this zoo. It was small, but it was just perfect for a 6 and 4 year old.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My son, daughter-in-law, and two young grandchildren made a morning by visiting this zoo. It was small, but it was just perfect for a 6 and 4 year old.

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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 

Keystone Heights
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Took granddaughter and she loved it. Plenty of people to tell you all about animals they have. It exceeded my exspections. Will be going back when granddaughter comes to visit us again.

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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 

Lake City, Florida
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

another one of place to visit and enjoy and see,very good staff ,very ready to answer all your questions great for all ages

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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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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed learning about the unique animals, my favorites were the peacocks and the huge turtles.. There is something for everyone here. Even a play area for the kids. The animals are well taken care of and its a relaxing place.

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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 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Santa Fe has a pretty giid zoo out there. I was surprized when i took the grandkids to a Halloween event called Boo At The Zoo. I really did not expect there to be that many animals. The trail thru the zoo is very awesome. It winds around corners and you pass over a bridge. The plants and scenery is... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Great little zoo and an inspiration for all kids obsessed with animals. The students working there were all very friendly and knowledgeable. Nice collection of animals in a beautiful setting.

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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 

Miami, Florida, United States
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Though it is not as polished as many larger zoos, it is a wonderful teaching zoos for aspiring zookeepers. The great thing about this zoo is that the intimacy allows for young people to get closer to the animals. there are not amenities of larger zoos such as rides, but there is a playground for the little ones. Best time... More 

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

We appreciate your loyalty! Make sure to stop into our gift shop for glow-in-the-dark shirts, magnets, and leave your contact information as we are preparing to have a membership to our facility. More 

Gainesville, Florida
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Very good place to go with family and friends. It is bad that it closes at 2pm, but otherwise the place is very nice, many animals and it looks like the people take good care of them

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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. The zoo closes at 2:00 p.m. so that the students in the Zoo Animal Technology Program are able to complete their lab work of caring for the animals and ensuring that their enclosures are... More 

Cape May, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This is always a nice small zoo to walk around. The exhibits and pathways are very well kept. There is a decent collection of animals. The information signs are fairly informative as well. There is a playground on site for kids that looked nice. What I enjoy most is interacting with the staff. They are polite, very informative, and clearly... More 

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

We appreciate your loyalty! Make sure to stop into our gift shop for glow-in-the-dark shirts, magnets, and leave your contact information as we are preparing to have a membership to our facility. More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

This facility is really great for teaching students and children about animal conservation and providing information to kids about the species that are on display. For adult visitors, it's hardly worth the trip or the admission. We only went because of the reviews about the top places to visit in Gainesville.

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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. The main mission for this facility is teach students in the program and visitors to the zoo about conservation. We offer an affordable place for families to visit and enjoy the outdoors. More 

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