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“Excellent Small Zoo”

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
Ranked #11 of 65 things to do in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Tampa, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Excellent Small Zoo”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

Went with my teenage daughter one afternoon. Check the operational hours before you go; it closes early. I don't understand the review that said you had to make an appointment. We just walked.

There is a nice selection of animals. You can get very close to many of the animals. It is easy to get around. There was some maintenance on some sections, so we didn't get to see everything. These is a minimal admission fee (~$5). It is well worth it.

Visited August 2013
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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thanks for visiting! We are currently updating parts of the Zoo. Please come out earlier in the future to see our improvements and listen to a keeper talk about one of our animals.
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Gainesville, Florida
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74 reviews
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“Pretty impressive”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

A pretty impressive little zoo for Santa Fe College. It would be a little easier to visit if you didn't have to make an appointment but it is nice to have the student guides explalning things.

Visited March 2013
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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thanks for visiting our Zoo. In the future, appointments are not needed unless you are a potential student or request a guided tour of our facility. We are open to the general public from 9:00AM - 2:00PM, seven days a week. Rain or Shine!
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Gainesville, Fl
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Awesome Zoo Right Here In Gainesville”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This zoo is so much more than I expected. Quite a variety of animals and habitats. Lots of student on hand to explain about animals. :)

Visited February 2013
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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
We appreciate your visit. Come back and request a hands on animal encounter at (352) 395-5603.
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Gainesville, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
342 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Explore a Small Zoo”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a teaching zoo, which the College uses to train people to work in zoos. A neat place, and a pleasure to walk through.

Visited August 2012
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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Many Thanks for your visiting! We also have animal encounters and provide a guided tour when scheduled in advance. Please contact 352-395-5603.
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St. Augustine, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Little kids will enjoy”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We took our 3 year old and he so enjoyed this he asks to go back to see the little monkeys. Plus they have a play area that the little ones can enjoy.

Visited June 2013
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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thanks for visiting the zoo! We also do birthday parties on Saturdays. For more details, contact us at 352-395-5603.
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