Monthly Archives: June 2018

Discover Beauty at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

June 23, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Kanapaha Botanical GardensNo matter whether you’re visiting Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, Florida for the first or hundredth time, there is always something new and beautiful to see!

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens have been attracting nature lovers since opening their doors in 1986 – and no wonder! The lush 62-acres feature a collection of 24 different gardens, including Florida’s largest public bamboo display. Kanapaha is also home to the largest herb garden in the Southeast. Some of the garden’s most popular attractions include the stand of Chinese royal bamboo mentioned above, giant Victoria water lilies, and Asian snake arums.

As you can imagine, the gardens attract a lot of wildlife as well as human visitors. This is especially true in the Water Gardens and, of course, the Hummingbird Garden. Heron, alligator, butterfly, hummingbird, and a great many others enjoy the quiet beauty of Kanapaha Gardens.

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Experience the Santa Fe Zoo in Gainesville Florida

June 15, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Santa Fe Zoo at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FLThe Santa Fe Zoo is a small, AZA-accredited, teaching zoo on the Santa Fe College campus in Gainesville, FL. It is the only college zookeeper training facility in the country with its own AZA-accredited zoo on grounds.

The Santa Fe Zoo may sound like it belongs in New Mexico but no, it’s here in North Central Florida at Gainesville’s Santa Fe College. The facility’s full name is “The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo” and it has been AZA accredited since 2000.

The 10 acre zoo is part of the Santa Fe College campus and home to over 200 animals representing more than 75 species. The zoo is almost completely operated by students, overseen by a small staff.

For many years one could only see the zoo via guided tour appointment. Though tours are still offered (and recommended) they are no longer needed to visit the zoo.

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