The Santa Fe Zoo is a small, AZA-accredited, teaching zoo on the Sante 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.
Santa Fe Zoo has a diverse collection of animals. Visitors will be treated to primates, ungulates, medium-sized cats like caracal, birds, reptiles, invertebrates, and much more. Don’t expect lions, gorillas, giraffes, and rhinos, however. Santa Fe Zoo is a teaching zoo, so they only house animals approved for teaching purposes. Despite this, Sante Fe Zoo is unique, fun, and absolutely worth your time. Don’t miss it!
Santa Fe Zoo
3000 Northwest 83rd Street, Building Z, Gainesville, FL 32606
Santa Fe Zoo hours are currently 9am to 2pm, daily.
Be sure to visit the Santa Fe Zoo website at www.sfcollege.edu for more information. You can also visit the zoo on Facebook.
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