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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

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Address: 3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone Number: +1 352-395-5601
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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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A great educational outting!

The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is a great opportunity to see some really unique and gorgeous animals. It is slightly smaller than a traditional zoo, but it packs a lot of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Live Oak, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is a great opportunity to see some really unique and gorgeous animals. It is slightly smaller than a traditional zoo, but it packs a lot of excitement into each of its exhibits.

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

Thank you so much for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! It usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour to walk around the entire zoo, you can relax in the shade and maybe even watch one of our Zoo Animal Technology students doing a training session. Thank you, again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a pleasure to enjoy this zoo with friends and family in the gainesville, fl area. Great learning experience.

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Northern New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

We went there with my daughter and grandchildren. The staff / students were pleasant and helpful. It is a small zoo but the price of admission matches so not a problem at all. Check it out!

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

We are so glad you and your family had a good time! Thank you so much for stopping by and we hope to see you again soon! More 

Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 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 

Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 

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