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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

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3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
+1 352-395-5601
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Far better than you'd expect

Had low expectations regarding the variety of animals here when taking my son here for the first... read more

Reviewed May 26, 2017
Jeffrey G
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Gainesville, Florida
Fun for the first time

There are lots of animals, so great for the little ones, but gets a bit boring. If you are going... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2017
arjunbamzai
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Gainesville, Florida
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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 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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3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
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Reviewed May 26, 2017

Had low expectations regarding the variety of animals here when taking my son here for the first time. I was absolutely shocked to find a bunch of different monkeys, tree kangaroos (literally my boy's favorite animal), warty pigs, bald eagles, and a whole bunch of...More

Thank Jeffrey G
Reviewed May 16, 2017

There are lots of animals, so great for the little ones, but gets a bit boring. If you are going during event though, it is fun!

Thank arjunbamzai
Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

This was a perfect time little zoo to visit. The employees are students and are out and about to ask questions to. They animals are well cared for and the park is clean. It was bigger than I thought it would be as well. I...More

Thank amylynne1224
Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review! Our students in the Zoo Animal Technology Program truly love what they do! They are our only keepers and really enjoy talking to guests about conservation and zookeeping! We are a 10-acre Zoo with mostly shaded paths, which is...More

Reviewed May 5, 2017

This is a teaching zoo affiliated with Santa Fe College. Many of the animals have been rescued from places around Florida. The zoo handlers and students are passionate about the animals and want you to learn as much as possible about them. Parking can be...More

Thank David B
Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2017

Thank you for the great review! All our zookeepers are students in our Zoo Animal Technology Program and they have a real passion for teaching others about conserving the animals they love so much! We are open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. -...More

Reviewed April 29, 2017

This zoo was wonderful as a learning experience. The students from the college were quick to stop and talk about each animal. History of where they came from and how the college acquired them was so interesting. They have an amazing variety of animals. Just...More

Thank Allmylove
Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2017

Thank you so much for the great review! Our students have a true passion for what they do and love sharing with interested guests! We are glad you had a good time and learned a lot! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed April 10, 2017

The assortment of birds making unique sounds was interesting. Cookabara song came to mind. Don't like snakes, not many large animals.More

Thank Sheila R
Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Thank you for your review of the Teaching Zoo. We are open to the public everyday, but the main focus of our Zoo is to train students to become Zookeepers. You won't see lions, tigers or bears here because it is safer for students to...More

Reviewed April 10, 2017

Great small teaching zoo, had a little difficulty getting around in wheel chair but they had just had some damage from flooding rains normally it would be fairly accessableMore

Thank Carol S
Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Thank you for your great review of the Teaching Zoo! We are sorry you had some difficulty navigating the trails in the wheel chair. Usually it is fairly accessible, but like you mentioned, after the rains it gets a bit tougher! Thank you for your...More

Reviewed April 4, 2017

Great little zoo! The staff are students that are well informed and share their knowledge with the visitors. Had a great time with our grandkids and learned a lot. Very well laid out and animals well cared for. Worth the trip!More

Thank Leslie S
Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2017

Thank you so much for your great review of our Zoo! We are so glad you were able to talk to some of our students! They really love what they do and sharing their passion with guests is a highlight of their day. We hope...More

Reviewed March 23, 2017

We visited the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo while on Spring Break and were very impressed. The zoo was the perfect size for our morning (2 hour) visit. The exhibits are large enough that the animals don't look cramped, but are small enough that you can...More

Thank BKM407
Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2017

Thank you so much for the great review! We are so glad you and your family had a good time visiting the Zoo. We have 75 species of animals and we are glad you were able to see most of them! We hope you had...More

Reviewed February 17, 2017

A great place to spend a couple of hours viewing and learning about various animals. Exhibits are well laid out in a wooded area and connected by paths. Animals seem well cared for with plenty of student help. Students also lead groups and explain about...More

Thank Gene K
Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2017

Thank you for the great review! We are a 10-acre AZA accredited learning facility to train zookeepers! All the keepers are students and once they graduate they will go on to work as basic keepers at other facilities. Thank you for visiting and we hope...More

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Sasha H
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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
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