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.
The 10 acre zoo is located on the college campus and almost completely operated by students. Despite this, the facility has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is a full-fledged zoo, not just a training facility – the only one of its kind in the United States.
The animals at the zoo are housed in naturally appropriate environments, conducive to their health and well-being. A 1/4 mile long trail runs through a wooded section of the zoo to different animal exhibits. The trail is lined with mulch and accessible for both strollers and wheelchairs.
Santa Fe College Zoo
3000 Northwest 83rd Street, Building Z, Gainesville, FL 32606
Zoo hours are currently 9am to 2pm, daily.
Guided tours, animal encounters, and chances to be a Zookeeper for a Day are all available by reservation. Learn more online at the zoo website. You can also visit the zoo on Facebook.
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