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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
352-395-5601
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Ranked #9 of 19 Attractions in Gainesville
Type: Zoos
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,... more » 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. « less
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Plantation, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a very unique zoo with the "helpers" who are very knowledgeable students. It was a wonderful place to take my 4 year old grandson. Not too large but also lots of animals (and a childrens play area).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a great place to go if you have kids and want to stay busy for a few hours. Lots of fun animals to see like monkeys, snakes, alligators, and even some ocelots. It's all shaded and they also have a small playground for the kids to burn off some energy. We go often with our kids and they... More

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Williston, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A great place for the kids, especially at Halloween they have trick or treating for the kids. Fun for all.

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Gainesville, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a teaching zoo for Santa Fe College. There are no elephants. However, they have a variety of primates and birds and reptiles. It is interesting and takes about 30 to 45 minutes to see everything. It is mostly shaded so its not too hot there most days.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

You wouldn't think that a small zoo located on the campus of a state college would be anything special, but this one is very nice. The rates are great, being only $5 per person at it's most expensive and the area is well maintained. There are a lot of trees lining the walk ways keeping them shady and the zoo... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

My husband, 1 1/2 old son, and I went to the zoo today. The zoo is very well maintained and has plenty of shade for the guests and animals. There is a nice variety of animals and everything is clean and new looking. The animals appear happy and the exhibits and trails are nice.

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

Thanks for visiting the Zoo. We hope that your family returns to see the new exhibits and enjoy our playground. More

Punta Gorda, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is a very clean, very well maintained little zoo that was a pleasure to visit. Lots of shade and a great little play area for small children. $18 for our family of 4 to get in and well worth every penny!

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

Thanks for visiting the Zoo. The students and staff take great pride in maintaining our little zoo. On your next visit, please contact us and schedule an animal encounter at (352) 395-5603. More

Spring Hill, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is a great little zoo with student tours available. We were thinking my daughter might want to attend the program and our student guide was most helpful.

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

Thanks for visiting the Zoo. If your daughter is interested in our program, please contact us and we can schedule a career shadow. This would consist of spending approx. four hours shadowing a current student in the program. If you are interested, please contact 352-395-5601. More

Guantanamo, Cuba
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Went here by myself to kill some time - totally worth the $5!! It's not big but you can casually walk through it and they have a fair amount of animals. I could watch the Gibons all day! They also have a playground for kids. You zip through it pretty quick but if you like to watch the animals and... More

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

Thanks for visiting the Zoo. The Gibbons are an amazing family at the zoo and will soon be enjoying their new exhibit. Be sure to come back and check out their new home. More

Gainesville, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This isn't your typical metro area zoo, but it is a great deal for a teaching zoo. The staff/students who work there are friendly and helpful. Great place to go with kids in Gainesville.

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

Thanks for visiting our zoo. Please contact us in the future to schedule an animal encounter for kids visiting at (352) 395-5633. More

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