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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

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Address: 3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone Number: 352-395-5601
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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Great way to spend a couple of hours.

This is a small but great zoo. The staff was very friendly. The variety of animals was enough to keep my 4 and 9 year old entertained. My mom loved it! Nice little play area in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is a small but great zoo. The staff was very friendly. The variety of animals was enough to keep my 4 and 9 year old entertained. My mom loved it! Nice little play area in the middle with covered picnic tables. Benches throughout.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

fun little zoo set in the woods. take bug spray. nice assortment of small animals and birds. it' well shaded. great place for a walk

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is a great little zoo if you love animals and want to kill an hour. It is a very natural setting with trees everywhere and mulched paths. There was a good variety of animals and decent viewing areas. There is a cute little playground in the middle for the little ones.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Thanks to tripadvisor I found this place. It is a 10 acre zoo that is part of the curriculum of a zookeeper program at Santa Fe College. I happen to have a 10 year old who would love to be a zookeeper and truth be told, I might have done this program if I had known about it oh so... More 

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Aventura, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Great place to visit with kids! It has a nice variety of animals and it is an enjoyable walk. We also brought our lunch and ate in the picnic tables by the playground.

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Anthony, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Took the kids the other day. Had a 3 year old, 2 8 year olds and a 11 year old and was there for a total of an hours. This includes the kiddos playing on the play ground.

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Hopewell, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We were able to talk to students learning to be zoo-keepers as they cared for the animals in the small "zoo". They answered questions about the animals and the program of study. All in all a nice experience.

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Satsuma, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is a place to go and learn a lot about animals on a scale unavailable at most zoos. Here you have an intimate access to animals you often are familiar with, at least superficially. The attendants explain, in a very knowledgeable way, detailed aspects of these animals and their fives. A very good place to take small children and... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I wasn't really expecting much from our local zoo. But, I have to give it to them, it is very affordable and actually a lot more to see than you would expect to be there. My kids absolutely loved it. we have been several more times since than...with that being said, this review is long over due!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much...but we were pleasantly surprised! This was well worth our time. They had a larger variety of animals than I expected and the atmosphere is just lovely. The whole park is ten acres, so it's not exhausting to to go thru the whole thing. It's set in a forested area and you are under... More 

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Additional Information about Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

Address: 3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone Number: 352-395-5601
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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