Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Gainesville

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Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is a 10-acre (4.0 ha) zoo in Gainesville, Florida. As part of Santa Fe College, It is the only college zookeeper training facility in the United States with its own AZA-accredited zoo on grounds, and has been accredited since 2000.
Guided tours led by students in the program are available at the teaching zoo if you schedule ahead of time, otherwise you are welcome to walk around on your own
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  • Small, but cute and fun! My 3 year old had a blast. Our favorite animals were the gibbons. The baby was so cute!  more »
  • Great small zoo to spend an hour or so at, admission is reasonable. I am assuming students are the workers, all very friendly and informative. Relaxing and not crowded, pleasant visit. A variety...  more »
  • Love it here! Very well kept by the students and staff. Has a nice playground for little ones. Students are very knowledgeable and friendly. They have reptiles, an aviary, otters, lemurs, gibbons and more!
  • 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 nice zoo with many different animals and reptiles too. Shaded are so not too hot in the sunshine and had tables for picnic area too. But enjoyed every moment.

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