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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

#11 of 65 things to do in Gainesville Features Animals
3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
+1 352-395-5601
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I wish it was more educational/interactive

I have been here on class field trips with the kids and we have also been here as a family a few... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jeremy L
Santa Fe College Zoo

This is a phenomenal zoo. Because it's a teaching zoo there are plenty of students around that you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sararupa P
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have been here on class field trips with the kids and we have also been here as a family a few times. Every time we go there there is very little interaction with the staff when this is supposed to be a "teaching zoo"....More

Thank Jeremy L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a phenomenal zoo. Because it's a teaching zoo there are plenty of students around that you can ask questions. It's not a huge zoo but it serves its purpose beyond expectation.

Thank Sararupa P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a perfect outing for a young child. The zoo is well shaded with a variety of animals that include monkeys, birds, ocelots, reptiles, etc. Its the perfect size for small children to enjoy without getting bored or overtired that is sometimes the case...More

Thank Troualy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My toddler son just loved this place. Good conditions for animals, friendly staff, wide parking lot.

Thank ona_mon
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a great zoo, and we're so lucky to have it locally. While it focuses on smaller animals, it's great to take the time to spend with monkeys, tree kangaroos, reptiles and birds. We love to go during the cooler months--if it's humid, remember...More

Thank Carrie C
Reviewed 11 June 2017

If looking for an activity for kids in Gainesville, the Santa Fe Zoo is a great one. It's small, so easy for kids to walk the entire zoo. It also has a play area for kids and picnic tables. You can find rare animals, as...More

Thank Susannah P
Reviewed 26 May 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 17 May 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 7 May 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 9 May 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 6 May 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 DrAHol
Haley S, Front Office Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 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

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Sasha H
23 August 2015|
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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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