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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, moderately sized teaching zoo

I had no idea this place existed until recently. The zoo is great, it has a wide range of animals, and is very well kept. One noteworthy feature is that the exhibits all contain... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Adam C
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Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had no idea this place existed until recently. The zoo is great, it has a wide range of animals, and is very well kept. One noteworthy feature is that the exhibits all contain lots of trees and natural habitat - this zoo is not all concrete and cages that you see far too often, but is really a great... More 

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Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review! We are glad you had a good time. We feel the shade and natural landscape of the Zoo make it a great place to visit any time of the day or year! Our students work hard year round to make sure it's well kept for the animals and our visitors. We hope... More 

Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are monkeys and other zoo animals there. Great for the kids. Zoo keepers are friendly. The zoo closes too early so make sure you get there before noon.

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Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting and for the review! Our Zoo is run completely by our students in the Zoo Animal Technology program and they have a great passion for what they do! We are open 7 days/week from 9am-2pm - it's always nice to beat the heat by coming to visit us early in the morning, and you... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The zoo is a teaching zoo of moderate size with approx 15 enclosures/ displays. It is well kept and shady. There are staff/volunteers walking and asking if you have questions about the animals. There is a small gift shop at the end with reasonable prices for the few children shirts and stuffed animals. You can tell some animals have old... More 

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Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to write a review! We love the shade here and our young visitors always enjoy a pit stop at the playground :) The 10 acre Zoo does take about 45 minutes to 1 hour to walk around - we hope to see you again soon! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016 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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Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! It usually takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to walk around the entirety of the 10 acre zoo. The white-handed gibbons are one of the favorites amongst our Zoo Animal Technology students and staff and it is always fun to watch them swinging around! We give guided tours as well if that is something... More 

Manlius, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

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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Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We are glad you had plenty of time to explore :) We also have a playground that is very popular with our young visitors. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Punta Gorda, Florida
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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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Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

We are so happy you came to visit us and thank you for the review! The shade covering the Zoo makes it a fun experience during every part of the year. We hope you come back soon! More 

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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Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! Our students really enjoy what they do and love the opportunity to share the information with our guests! Our Quarters for Conservation has been a big hit and we are hoping to raise more money than ever for conservation this year! $.25 of every admission goes to conservation and guests get to choose what... More 

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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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

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