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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
352-395-5601
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Ranked #7 of 17 Attractions 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Four stars The habitats are very well set up and the animals look very healthy they also have several animals that you would not expect to see like a bald eagle however the pathway set up a somewhat confusing as there is no good way to efficiently see everything

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Plantation, Florida
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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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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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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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