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“Small but really nice”

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
Ranked #11 of 67 things to do in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 7 May 2014

This was our second time visiting this small teaching zoo. The staff of students where outstanding, knowledgeable and very willing to show us around. This is a great place to take younger children to see and learn about endangered animals and conservation,

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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2014

Thanks for visiting the zoo. The students take great pride in spreading their knowledge to our visitors. In the future, we can schedule an animal encounter with five different educational animals for a hands-on experience. Call us to today to schedule (352) 395-5633.

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

There is much to see here in the teaching zoo. The staff is comprised of students and they are eager to tell you about the care and feeding of each species. great place to take kids, Very Kid friendly.

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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2014

We appreciate you visiting our facility. The students and staff members take great pride in the Zoo and educating our guests on the different species that are found here. We encourage you to come back and try an animal encounter where guests can interact with four to five animals.

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Worth the trip. Our granddaughter loved it. One of the students took the time to explain all about the turtles, and showed us how when the turtles neck is rubbed it would stand up. Our granddaughter was amazed to see the turtle respond. Worth it to see her expression

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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2014

Thanks for visiting the Zoo. We offer animal encounters where you will have the opportunity to interact with four to five different educational animals. Contact us today to schedule at 352-395-5603.

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Reviewed 5 March 2014

this zoo has a good collection of monkeys and birds but not any large cats or elephants. admission is low and worth a visit. Open only till 2 daily and is right off of I-75.

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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2014

Thanks for visiting our Zoo. We are conveniently located off I-75 and 39th Ave at Exit #390. In addition, we provide animal encounters. Call to schedule 352-395-7358. We are OPEN DAILY from 9AM-2PM.

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Reviewed 5 March 2014

This is a very little zoo with a good selection of animals. You are able to walk around and really enjoy all of the animals you can usually catch a feed or 2 of the animals. The staff was very nice and willing to answer any questions you may have. Most of the staff are students at the college so this is also a learning experience them. I love taking my daughter here because it is small enough that she doesn't get bored or overwhelmed. The price is great and they also have a playground area for the kids.

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MichelleH656, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2014

Thanks for visiting the Zoo. Don't forget that we host birthday parties where the kids and parents get to enjoy and make lifetime memories with real party animals. We provide a tour of the zoo, animal presentations featuring 4-5 different animals, tables, plates, napkins, cups, and utensils. Please contact us for more information at 352-395-7358.

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