The Gulf Breeze ZOO, Gulf Breeze

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The Gulf Breeze Zoo is a 50acre zoo located in Gulf Breeze, Florida.
Plagued by financial troubles since Hurricane Ivan struck the area in 2004, the zoo closed on August 17, 2009, awaiting the decisions from the governments of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties to provide $125,000 each in funding.
On August 20, 2009, zoo officials announced that the closure of the zoo would be permanent.
The zoo was purchased by Virginia Safari Park of Natural Bridge, Virginia. in December 2009, and was reopened on February 18, 2010, as Gulf Breeze Zoo.
A path through the zoo gardens lets visitors see many animals including primates, big cats, marsupials, Procyonidae, tortoises, and birds. It leads to a large petting area, a giraffe feeding station, and a walk-through parakeet enclosure. Some other exhibits throughout the park include Rocky the red river hog, black bears, a flying fox, otters, an alligator, and camels.
Primate exhibits include lemurs, gibbons, siamangs, tamarinds, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, chimps, gorillas, including baby Kigali, a moustached guenon, and marmosets.
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  • What a treat to see so many animals! Feeding the giraffes was a fantastic experience. The train was also great because it takes you to areas you can’t see on foot. The bearcat was our favorite...  more »
  • My family and I loved this zoo! Love the animal feedings and I love how you buy thr food at the beginning and can feed whenever you want. The zoo landscaping was so well taken care of and beautiful...  more »
  • Went for Boo at the Zoo. The trick or treat trail was very cute, specially if you bring kids. The animals look well taken care of, buying the food to hand feed some of them is a good way to support the zoo. The goats were super friendly and we loved petting them. Feed the Giraffes!!! It's awesome! It's a good size for being a local zoo and they have a good assortment of animals. Take a day, make the time, it's worth it.
  • This zoo is a lot of fun. The animals seem to be well taken care of. You can feed the giraffes, alligators, budgies and many other animals. Our favorite part was the budgie feeding. Be warned the budgies love to land on you. 😂

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