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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

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3000 NW 83rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606-6210
+1 352-395-5601
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Amazing study zoo filled with the cutest rescue animals! Definitely recommend for a nice little... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2018
Sergio M
Small But Very Nice Experience

Neatly arranged walking zoo with a surprising variety of species in an old Florida hammock setting... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2018
HillarysDad
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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 NW 83rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606-6210
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"small playground"
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"tree kangaroo"
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"wide variety of animals"
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"rare animals"
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"specific area"
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"surprising variety"
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"beautiful peacocks"
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"reasonable admission"
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"share their knowledge"
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"animals seem"
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"unique animals"
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"great place to take the kids"
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"picnic benches"
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"wooded area"
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"very nice experience"
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"couple of hours"
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"bald eagles"
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

Amazing study zoo filled with the cutest rescue animals! Definitely recommend for a nice little trip out of the house!

Thank Sergio M
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Neatly arranged walking zoo with a surprising variety of species in an old Florida hammock setting. Good signage and information.

Thank HillarysDad
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

I loved this place even more being part of the Santa Fe college! That’s a major plus everyone here is every friendly and animals are very active. Lots of students around checking on the animals too enjoy that a lot.

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

This is a fun zoo trip, especially for kids. We usually bring a picnic lunch - there are tables outside the entrance. This little zoo has continued to improve through the years, great for kids! They also have a special trick or treat for Halloween...More

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

Don't expect a massive zoo with state of the art enclosures and a wide variety of animals. This is a small zoo at a college. It is, as the name says, a Teaching Zoo. As a result, there are students and instructors everywhere (including inside...More

Thank Jack E
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

The zoo is small but very interesting. It is a teaching zoo so there was numerous students walking around ready to answer our questions about some of the animals. Seems as if most of the animals were former rescues. The paths are mulch covered the...More

1  Thank David N
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

Went on a Saturday morning. Weather was cool and pleasant, however a couple of the more tropical bird species found it a bit too cool for their liking and stayed inside where it was warmer. But there were still plenty of birds and animals to...More

Thank MVT-Bama
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Great family time together!! Good for people of all ages!!! Beautiful peacocks!!! Stayed with them until the wale fully spread is feathers!! Gorgeous!!

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

This is a wonderful place to take children. There are many different types of animals on display with the main attraction being the monkeys. Since this is a teaching zoo, there are many students on hand to answer questions.

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

This is a great place to learn more about Florida's wild animals - and their animal colleagues around the world. Because it is relatively small, you get to engage with the zookeepers in training and they love to share the stories of all animals you...More

Thank caoky60
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LoganCK
6 January 2018|
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Response from shuto3 | Reviewed this property |
Here is the phone number and information to help answer your question: 352-395-5603 "Guest Services Wheelchair and Stroller Wheelchairs and strollers are welcomed in our Zoo. Currently, the Zoo does feature one wheelchair... More
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DeEtta D
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Response from shuto3 | Reviewed this property |
I can't remember the exact cost but I think it was $10 or less.
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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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