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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
352-395-5601
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Ranked #10 of 20 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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

Gainesville, Florida
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is a sweet little zoo that is great for kids and adults too! The size is manageable for little ones but large enough to still be very interesting.

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

We appreciate your visit to the Zoo. Don't forget, the kids can party like animals on their birthday! Call today to schedule a birthday party, (352) 395-5633. More

Deerfield, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

This was our second time visiting this small teaching zoo. The staff of students where outstanding, knowledgeable and very willing to show us around. This is a great place to take younger children to see and learn about endangered animals and conservation,

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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 take great pride in spreading their knowledge to our visitors. In the future, we can schedule an animal encounter with five different educational animals for a hands-on experience. Call us to today to schedule (352) 395-5633. More

Gainesville, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

There is much to see here in the teaching zoo. The staff is comprised of students and they are eager to tell you about the care and feeding of each species. great place to take kids, Very Kid friendly.

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

We appreciate you visiting our facility. The students and staff members take great pride in the Zoo and educating our guests on the different species that are found here. We encourage you to come back and try an animal encounter where guests can interact with four to five animals. More

Gainesville, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Worth the trip. Our granddaughter loved it. One of the students took the time to explain all about the turtles, and showed us how when the turtles neck is rubbed it would stand up. Our granddaughter was amazed to see the turtle respond. Worth it to see her expression

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

Thanks for visiting the Zoo. We offer animal encounters where you will have the opportunity to interact with four to five different educational animals. Contact us today to schedule at 352-395-5603. More

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