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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

Address: 3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone Number: 352-395-5601
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Ranked #4 of 17 Activities in Gainesville
Owner description: The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo houses 70 species, and 250 individual animals in its collection...
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Owner description: 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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Like a small zoo. I have been to cities where our local zoo is comparable or better. Get facility, with a good variety of animals

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Melbourne, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Enjoyed the ability to interact with the students. Had a lot of turtles and tortoises, almost lopsided in the amounts of types of them, compared to other animals. However, we really enjoyed them as well as the Kookaburra and the Gibbons singing. Loved that it is very shady and not a lot of walking between exhibits, although many of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This place has loads of animals. I've come here for research, and photography. I enjoyed the variety of species, and the knowledgeable people. I'd definitely come back here.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

There is a good mix of animals, and the site is very shaded by lots of mature trees, so it was a pleasant morning, even in August.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We took our grandson (perfect for younger children as it is easily "walkable"), to this wonderful zoo. The "helpers" at the zoo are students and are eager and full of knowledge. Worth a visit.

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Orange, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We have visited here often with our grandson and what a treat it is! We didn't expect to see this much wildlife on a small college campus. The apes are fun to watch and the peacocks love to strut their stuff. The zoo is set in a quiet area near the campus and is easy to get to. This is... More 

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We took our grand kids here on a beautiful Saturday morning. Many of the exhibits are 'manned' by local college students who are great to speak with. For a small local zoo, the exhibits and numbers of animals was fantastic.

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