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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Small, beautiful zoo!

This zoo is inside the Santa Fe college campus. Small, well maintain and the people working are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hollywood, Florida
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Trip 2019

A very friendly small zoo. the zoo is run and maintained by the students, Limited hours of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 Matschieโ€™s tree kangaroo. Days...more
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3000 NW 83rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606-6210
+1 352-395-5601
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All reviews wide variety of animals answer any questions great place to take the kids picnic area couple of hours admission fee great place to visit all ages monkeys students playground ocelot halloween exhibits paths outing habitat
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This zoo is inside the Santa Fe college campus. Small, well maintain and the people working are very knowledgeable and friendly. If you have an hour free go visit ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿข๐Ÿฆš๐Ÿ€๐Ÿธ

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very friendly small zoo. the zoo is run and maintained by the students, Limited hours of operation, from 9AM to 2PM, you can stay till 3 PM if you purchased your ticket by 2. Students are always available to answer any questions. Zoo is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 16, 2019

Such a great place to visit, and the admission price is very cheap. Cute displays, helpful volunteers, great animals, and a great workout walking around the exhibits. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nancy B
Reviewed January 3, 2019

This was one of many zoos that we visited on our trip and although it is small, the admission fee makes it well worth a visit. The Gibbon monkeys put on a great show for us, swinging and calling out. Only $20 for a family...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 25, 2018

Excellent place to visit for people of all ages. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. We learned a lot about local turtles, thanks to one of the zookeepers. It is all outdoors, so plan your visit with accordance with weather.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank irinkaflorida
Reviewed October 25, 2018

This is a teaching zoo. So I enjoyed questioning the students and see if they knew the answers or had to look them up, but they always got the answers either way. I tried to stump the students, but they were very educated. Small but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Julie and Paul C
Reviewed August 10, 2018

America's top community college allows the public to enjoy a glimpse into the place where they teach future animal caregivers. This is a small facility, and you'll get through it quickly. But it's an enjoyable place to visit. We sat for a long time watching...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank n h
Reviewed July 23, 2018

Nice little place for a stroll. There are students all over to answer any questions you may have. I encourage my grandchildren to ask all they want. The challenge is to try to stump them. There is a playground for the kids at the end...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Carol B
Reviewed June 27, 2018

As a teaching zoo, this is less "frilly" than typical zoos, which suits me - and it would appear, the animals - just fine. There is a wide variety of exhibits in a very peaceful setting. I could see myself bringing a book and just...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank TMMM
Reviewed May 8, 2018

Amazing study zoo filled with the cutest rescue animals! Definitely recommend for a nice little trip out of the house!

Date of experience: March 2018
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January 6, 2018|
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Response from shuto3 | Reviewed this property |
Here is the phone number and information to help answer your question: 352-395-5603 "Guest Services Wheelchair and Stroller Wheelchairs and strollers are welcomed in our Zoo. Currently, the Zoo does feature one wheelchair... More
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December 17, 2017|
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Response from shuto3 | Reviewed this property |
I can't remember the exact cost but I think it was $10 or less.
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Response from Haley S | Property representative |
As a representative from the Zoo, we are open daily from 9:00AM - 2PM daily. We are only closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tours are performed when scheduled in advance M-F, 9:30AM, 10:30AM, and 11:30AM... More