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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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9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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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An impressive place to watch future animal keepers develop.

This is always a nice small zoo to walk around. The exhibits and pathways are very well kept. There is a decent collection of animals. The information signs are fairly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Cape May, New Jersey
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Cape May, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is always a nice small zoo to walk around. The exhibits and pathways are very well kept. There is a decent collection of animals. The information signs are fairly informative as well. There is a playground on site for kids that looked nice. What I enjoy most is interacting with the staff. They are polite, very informative, and clearly... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This facility is really great for teaching students and children about animal conservation and providing information to kids about the species that are on display. For adult visitors, it's hardly worth the trip or the admission. We only went because of the reviews about the top places to visit in Gainesville.

Thank researchgroup15
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

we go to Sante Fe Zoo often. With the inexpensive cost, easy walking trail,and fun playground my kids and their friends love it.

Thank SSOflorida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Had more animals than I thought it would have. Really enjoyed seeing the animals with my grandbabies. The hollering monkeys were awesome. They enjoyed them the most.

Thank Debra H
Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Brought my wife's girl friend, who was visiting, here. Lots of interesting garden exhibits and if you like bamboo this is the place to go. Had a pleasant walk and then went to lunch.

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Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

It's not huge so we walked around twice. You have lots of tree shade which is nice on baking hot days but BRING BUG SPRAY!!! I attract bug bites anyway and I was getting eaten up I had to go back to my car and spray myself up. No frill zoo and no gift shops :-)

Thank Jacob H
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

This is a fabulous facility at a great college. The college students in the zoo program are so friendly and interactive with you and ready and willing to answer any questions you have about the animals. In fact, you may even come across one of them ready to give you a little information session about a particular animal as part... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Living in Gainesville, FL for quiet some time I never thought the city would have an attraction like this! Some of the animals were rescued and taken here for recovery/ rehab, and they look fantastic! The crew of students is very helpful and knowledgeable. My family found this attraction very suitable for toddlers (the monkeys were very happy and active!)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I love visiting the Teaching Zoo. Every time I visit I am impressed by the students at Santa Fe College. They are the most engaged students I have ever encountered. They will tell you anything you want to know about the animals in their care. The zoo is well cared for; attractive and very fun to visit.

Thank Judi C
Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This zoo is part of the college but it is a great attraction that is open to the public. For a small fee (only $5.00 ) which i am sure helps to off set the cost you can see some great animals. All the zoo keepers are students and they are very friendly and knowledgeable. one of the keepers was... 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 

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