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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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Jewel of a small zoo in Gainesville

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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175 reviews 175 reviews
99 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
13 helpful votes 13 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 

Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

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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205 reviews 205 reviews
98 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
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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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 

High Springs, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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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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