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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

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Address: 3000 NW 83rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606-6210
Phone Number: 352-395-5601
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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 little zoo!

The children really enjoyed the late afternoon trip to the zoo.Arriving at about 1pm we were concerned about the amount of time we could spend as they close at 2pm. We were told... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
tutunani3
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Manlius, New York
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Boston, Massachusetts
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110 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very small zoo. We did the entire thing in less than an hour. Neatest thing was the monkeys. They were so fascinating swinging around.

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Manlius, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The children really enjoyed the late afternoon trip to the zoo.Arriving at about 1pm we were concerned about the amount of time we could spend as they close at 2pm. We were told that we could stay until three. Plenty of time to explore.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Great even on a hot summer's day as the entire zoo is under the shade of huge, mature trees! Everything is signed very well and the admission is a great deal at $6.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

This is a great attraction for everyone. They have lots of different animal species, the students are well educated about the animals and they have great education spots to talk with the students during certain parts of the day. You can tell the students/zookeepers take much pride in their work. They also have great conservation projects they work on! A... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

There are lots of animals if you think of its size. It is good for a half day activity for kids. There is usually a Halloween event every October.

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J M, Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. We do have a Halloween event every year, Boo at the Zoo. Boo at the Zoo is on Halloween, October 31st, from 3:00 - 7:30. It is a FREE safe trick-or-treat event. We ask you to bring one canned good so we can donate to local... More 

Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

We are so lucky to have this zoo so close to us. I especially loved taking my kids here for Boo at the Zoo. It was fun to see the peacocks walking right in front of us.

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J M, Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review! We are so glad you took the time to visit us, and discovered we are more then just a Halloween event! The peacocks are quite charming, now is a great time to see the babies running around. More 

Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

This is a wonderful place to visit, especially with well-behaved children. The animals are fascinating. The Santa Fe students or employees who work there give wonderful presentations as you enjoy the various sections of animals. There purpose is not to encage animals but to rehabilitate or protect. It is a great visit!

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J M, Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Linda, Thank you for the kind words! I'm so happy that the passion for animal care and conservation shows through! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you in the future. Jon More 

Gainesville, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

This well maintained zoo is easy on the legs since it is much smaller than most municipal zoos. But there is no shortage of interesting animals to see close up. Plus, the admission price is very reasonable. So, treat yourself to a entertaining hour or two at this great zoo.

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J M, Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Wayne, Thank you for the kind words! We love the size of our grounds and are glad you do too. Thanks for visiting and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Jon More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I work at Santa Fe College, but not in the zoo program. I really like the little zoo, it's perfect for kids and I like that the students can give you a guided tour. They do birthday parties for kids here and they are really fun. Hands on for the kids. Great little zoo and makes a great visit for... More 

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argillite ky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

We were looking for something fun that didn't cost a fortune for us to do as a family this past Sunday. And found this on a website. We headed up and $6 a person is so do able for a family. We went in an spent two hours looking at the animals and talking to the students. Had fun with... More 

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J M, Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Chrissy, Thank you for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed your day with us. I think I heard the monkeys say they enjoyed seeing you too! We try to accommodate guest's needs in the gift shop. If there is something specifically you would like to see just let us know and we will try to get that for... More 

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