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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

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Closes in 11 min: 09:00 - 14:00
Open today: 09:00 - 14:00
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Great little zoo

America's top community college allows the public to enjoy a glimpse into the place where they... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2018
n h
Great little place

Nice little place for a stroll. There are students all over to answer any questions you may have. I... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2018
Carol B
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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...more
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3000 NW 83rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606-6210
+1 352-395-5601
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Reviewed 10 August 2018

America's top community college allows the public to enjoy a glimpse into the place where they teach future animal caregivers. This is a small facility, and you'll get through it quickly. But it's an enjoyable place to visit. We sat for a long time watching...More

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Reviewed 23 July 2018

Nice little place for a stroll. There are students all over to answer any questions you may have. I encourage my grandchildren to ask all they want. The challenge is to try to stump them. There is a playground for the kids at the end...More

Thank Carol B
Reviewed 27 June 2018

As a teaching zoo, this is less "frilly" than typical zoos, which suits me - and it would appear, the animals - just fine. There is a wide variety of exhibits in a very peaceful setting. I could see myself bringing a book and just...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

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

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

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

1  Thank HillarysDad
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.

1  Thank Jackie H
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
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
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

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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
DeEtta D
17 December 2017|
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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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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