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 an incredible experience! We were visiting the area and needed a break from the beach. Such a fun little zoo with awesome attractions. The animals are so close to you! The BEST was feeding and... 
    What an incredible experience! We were visiting the area and needed a break from the beach. Such a fun little zoo with awesome attractions. The animals are so close to you! The BEST was feeding and...  more »
  • Loved how close you can get to the animals, and you're able to interact with them as well. Train ride was nice. Very informative. 
    Loved how close you can get to the animals, and you're able to interact with them as well. Train ride was nice. Very informative.  more »
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  • Small but delicate zoo! I enjoyed that there wasn't a ton of people there. The set up was great and offered quite a bit of shade on the walk ways. The animals were seemingly accessible for viewing, unlike some zoos where the enclosure is so far you can't really see. I do HIGHLY recommend the train ride as it grants access to more animals and the safari is really nice! Would love to go here again when we're in the area.
  • Fantastic. You are able to feed some animals. How exciting to feed a giraffe some lettuce. Awesome. My 3 year old grandson loved it. The train ride is great. Able to see animals up close. Only disadvantage-its too short of a ride. We definitely believe the gulf breeze zoo is a wonderful place to visit. We highly recommend it.

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