Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
4.5
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo houses 70 species, and over 200 individual animals in its collection, including White-handed gibbons, red ruffed lemurs, ocelots, bald eagles, Galapagos tortoises, American alligators, and Matschie’s tree kangaroos. 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 give tours of the zoo grounds. The SF Teaching Zoo offers additional educational experiences such as animal encounters, field trips, birthday parties, and outreaches, as well as events throughout the year.
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Bob19512014
Gulfport, FL10,880 contributions
Jan 2020
We could not beat the price at this small zoo. $5/seniors. Not a big place but just right for seniors. Plenty of students in many locations to answer questions and educate. About 1/4 of the creatures you can photograph without a screen to hinder the shot. We saw a number of small birds flying around the zoo, and they made for some of our best photos.
Written January 9, 2020
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cmdevlin64
Washington DC, DC411 contributions
Jan 2020
We enjoyed our visit to Gainesville's Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo. Keepers are students at the local community college who are committed to zookeeping careers. For a small facility, the Zoo has a varied collection of mammals (including a tree kangaroo), birds, and reptiles. Animals were relaxed and in large and clean enclosures.
Written January 25, 2020
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cindi m
Cocoa, FL336 contributions
Mar 2021
Great small zoo to spend an hour or so at, admission is reasonable. I am assuming students are the workers, all very friendly and informative. Relaxing and not crowded, pleasant visit. A variety of animals considering the size of the zoo. Highly recommend.
Written March 25, 2021
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lovetotravel61
gainesville, fl26 contributions
May 2021 • Family
This teaching zoo should stay closed until the city/college is comfortable with Covid 19 . I went there today with my daughter and 15 month old grandson what a miserable time, there wasn’t but 3 other people in the entire zoo we had to wear our mask the whole time they are also concerned about the animals getting ill as well so they have also added another fence to stay social distanced from they cages . Because of the added fencing my grandson in a stroller was unable to see a single animal. They have a cute little play area with slides and a climbing rock which no one was on any of the equipment upon entering a student/zookeeper told us we had to apply hand sanitizer or we couldn’t go in. My grandson has allergies to sanitizer and she said we couldn’t come inside the play area if we didn’t apply the sanitizer .
My suggestion would be not to waste your money until they can operate without all of these restrictions .
Written May 14, 2021
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iamnoyb
Homosassa, FL76 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had a fabulous time. Very clean, friendly and well maintained!! The students were knowledgeable and engaging. The enclosures were very nice and very well suited to each species that lived there. Especially loved the baby otters!!
Written January 12, 2020
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jeannette3211
Gainesville, FL3 contributions
Jun 2011
We were looking for something that would be fun for a ten month old and a sixteen year old. No easy task but mission accomplished at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo. There were a lot of neat animals to look at, and big and little kids alike were entertained and interested. Peacocks wandering all over campus make it a really interactive experience. We were worried that the weather would be too hot to enjoy an outdoor activity but pleasantly surprised that the tree cover kept it very comfortable at the zoo. Easy to navigate with a stroller, not too big to be overwhelming. Staff was very friendly and the spider monkeys were fun for the whole family. We spent a little over an hour there. Bring your camera. Closed toe shoes might be better because of dirt trails.
Written June 30, 2011
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Mary1_B1
126 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
You wouldn't think that a small zoo located on the campus of a state college would be anything special, but this one is very nice.

The rates are great, being only $5 per person at it's most expensive and the area is well maintained. There are a lot of trees lining the walk ways keeping them shady and the zoo isn't super big, so you aren't in the heat for a long period of time. There is even a park for kids to play in.

Even though it is small, there are several nice exhibits with different local and exotic species. All of the animals were pretty active and all seemed to be in good health.
Written July 19, 2014
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Thanks for visiting the Zoo. The students and staff take great pride in maintaining the animal exhibits and care of the animals. We would like to invite you back to see a new addition to our White-handed Gibbon family, which was born in the Spring of 2015. Look forward to seeing you soon!
Written April 27, 2015
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holliel0202
Plant City, FL42 contributions
My husband, 1 1/2 old son, and I went to the zoo today. The zoo is very well maintained and has plenty of shade for the guests and animals. There is a nice variety of animals and everything is clean and new looking. The animals appear happy and the exhibits and trails are nice.
Written June 29, 2014
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Thanks for visiting the Zoo. We hope that your family returns to see the new exhibits and enjoy our playground.
Written July 1, 2014
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Polite_Visitor
Gainesville, FL1 contribution
Nov 2013 • Business
The zookeepers and students on sight were really fantastic at helping out with many detailed questions pertaining to the animals and really knew the animals.

Sadly the office and managerial staff was beyond unhelpful. Don't expect any additional assistance from these individuals as they run this place with a 9-5, outdated "we can't do anything for you beyond what is written on this piece of paper," mentality. Hope they see this comment as a positive motivation to change their ways because it would be sad to see this zoo run to the ground by this underachieving leadership style.
Written November 12, 2013
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We appreciate your visit to our teaching facility. The students work very hard along with the staff to make every visitor enjoy their time at our Zoo. We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced during your visit. Although we are a teaching facility that is open to the general public, please keep in mind that we are must follow college procedures and protocols; as well as, the association of zoos and aquariums.
Written January 15, 2014
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amberskye82
Stuart, FL72 contributions
Mar 2012
This zoo is part of the Santa Fee College and is not open that long.
Hours are 9am-2pm seven days a week!
The cost is only Adults (13+) $5 and Kids (4-12) $4 and you can donate when you are paying for your ticket.
Not that expensive when you consider the experience and well worth it.
They have a small play ground for young children.

They have events like
Party for the Planet April 14th and 15th (2012)
OR
Boo at the Zoo for Halloween

Parking is First Come Basis. They have 75 different species of animals on 10 acres. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The trails are maintained and the animals look healthy and their areas are clean and maintained. Something that seems lacking. There is also the Kika Silva Planetarium just down the road a minute or less. Their fees are the same as the Teaching Zoo.

This links is to their inventory of species.
http://www.sfcollege.edu/zoo/index.php?section=inventory_of_species

I do not remember seeing a water fountain so you may want to bring a water bottle.
The bathrooms are right at the entrance and accessible from inside and outside the zoo.

If you would prefer a guided tour you need to make arrangements ahead of time.
This is their web site!

http://www.sfcollege.edu/zoo/index.php
Written April 2, 2012
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