Monthly Archives: July 2019

Visit Santa Fe College Zoo

July 29, 2019 by Corey A Edwards

Santa Fe College ZooGainesville is home to a variety of attractions but, for animal lovers, the Santa Fe College Zoo may be one of the more interesting. It’s the only zoo on a college campus in the country!

Because this is a teaching zoo, you won’t see lions, gorillas, rhinos, or other big animals. The facility is restricted to animals approved for teaching purposes. Luckily, this still means a diverse collection of exotic and beautiful animals to visit.

In fact, Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is home to more than 200 different animals from over 75 different species, including mammals, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and even invertebrates. Visitors can expect to see ocelots, lemurs, armadillos, parrots, eagles, alligators, and tortoises, among others. The zoo is home to many rare and endangered animals.

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

July 8, 2019 by Corey A Edwards

Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville FLSweetwater Wetlands Park offers miles of trails and boardwalks through a thriving wetland habitat alive with foliage, birds, butterflies, alligators, and Florida cracker horses.

You can be forgiven for thinking that the more than 125 acres of Florida wetlands that make up the park is all natural. It is, in fact, man made.

The park is one of the final steps in a program started in 2009 to improve the water quality of wetlands in Paynes Prairie and, ultimately, the Floridan Aquifer.

Sweetwater Wetlands Park isn’t just a great place to get out and see nature. It’s also a great way to protect it – and our own environment, too!

Of course, the main reason to visit the park is to see all the wonderful wildlife!

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