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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

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Address: 3000 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
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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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Small But Nice

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Salisbury, North Carolina
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Salisbury, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

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 the animals.

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

So happy we finally made it here. A lovely little zoo with lots of nice shady habitats. We saw some animals here that we hadn't seen anywhere else, like the tree kangaroo, caracal and oscelots.

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Thank konsrq
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 were able to come visit. The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is a part of the Species Survival Plan for Tree Kangaroos and will be celebrating Tree Kangaroo Awareness Day at the end of May - We hope you to see again for the festivities! More 

Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

The Santa Fe teaching zoo is a wonderful little zoo that's fun for all ages and is perfect for a 1-2 hour excursion with the family. Even during winter break, the zoo wasn't crowded at all and almost all of the animals were out and about in their exhibits. The center of the park has picnic benches for adults and... 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 the great review! We are so glad you were able to visit us during the break - our students in the Zoo Animal Technology work very hard throughout the year, including holidays and breaks, to make sure our guests have an amazing time! We are open 7 days/week from 9am-2pm and we can't wait to... More 

New Jersey
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Small zoo but worth the stop. Very nice staff that are happy to give informative answers to questions. Would go back.

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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 review! We are a 10 acre teaching zoo, home to the Zoo Animal Technology program at Santa Fe College and all our keepers are students in our program. They are working on an Associate of Science degree in Zoo Animal Technology and love the opportunity to share their passion with our guests! Thank you... More 

Eastern Sierra, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

My nephew was a student here so he took us on a little tour. This is a fantastic program and one of a kind. The zoo, while small, makes for a delightful visit. Well worth the trip.

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Live Oak, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

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 30 November 2016

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 22 October 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 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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