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“Explore a Small Zoo” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

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
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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.
Gainesville, Florida
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71 reviews 71 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Explore a Small Zoo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a teaching zoo, which the College uses to train people to work in zoos. A neat place, and a pleasure to walk through.

Visited August 2012
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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Many Thanks for your visiting! We also have animal encounters and provide a guided tour when scheduled in advance. Please contact 352-395-5603.
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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“Little kids will enjoy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We took our 3 year old and he so enjoyed this he asks to go back to see the little monkeys. Plus they have a play area that the little ones can enjoy.

Visited June 2013
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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thanks for visiting the zoo! We also do birthday parties on Saturdays. For more details, contact us at 352-395-5603.
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Birmingham
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“This zoo rocks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

I went here a few years ago and they had two adult bald eagles and their nest nearly at arms reach, a 19 foot aligator, beautiful otters and old tortoises. This zoo is really unique with how close you can get up to the animals with peacocks running around freely in the parking lot of this college. Great place to visit. Took about an hour to walk through. Tickets were also very affordable.

Visited August 2012
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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
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.
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Lake City, Florida
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“Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This zoo is perfect for a family fun activity. I took my daughter who is 10 and loves animals, and she had a great time. It is small and will only take about 1-2 hours.

Visited June 2013
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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Many Thanks for stopping by! In the future with advance notice, we can schedule an animal encounter.
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Gainesville, Florida
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“Great fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

What a great day out! The zoo can be seen in an hour or so and the student staff are really knowledgeable and helpful.

Visited May 2013
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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thanks for visiting! We have some great improvements expected soon to our bridge and pavilion for you to see in the future.
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