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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

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Open Now: 09:00 - 14:00
Open today: 09:00 - 14:00
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Great Visit for a Cheap Admission

Such a great place to visit, and the admission price is very cheap. Cute displays, helpful... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nancy B
Toccoa, Georgia, United States
Great value for money

This was one of many zoos that we visited on our trip and although it is small, the admission fee... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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All reviews wide variety of animals specific area surprising variety beautiful peacocks reasonable admission small facility nice little place great place to take the kids picnic area couple of hours ask questions wild animals all ages on display students playground ocelot
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Such a great place to visit, and the admission price is very cheap. Cute displays, helpful volunteers, great animals, and a great workout walking around the exhibits. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nancy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of many zoos that we visited on our trip and although it is small, the admission fee makes it well worth a visit. The Gibbon monkeys put on a great show for us, swinging and calling out. Only $20 for a family...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 25 November 2018

Excellent place to visit for people of all ages. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. We learned a lot about local turtles, thanks to one of the zookeepers. It is all outdoors, so plan your visit with accordance with weather.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank irinkaflorida
Reviewed 25 October 2018

This is a teaching zoo. So I enjoyed questioning the students and see if they knew the answers or had to look them up, but they always got the answers either way. I tried to stump the students, but they were very educated. Small but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Julie and Paul C
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

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank n h
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

Date of experience: July 2018
1  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

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank TMMM
Reviewed 8 May 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank SergioM6314
Reviewed 10 April 2018

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

Date of experience: April 2018
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.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank 108JackieH
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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