Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

Two Worlds, One Ticket - Kanapaha Gardens and Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo August 1-18, 2024 Visit Gainesville, FL -
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The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, a unique 10-acre zoo in Gainesville, Florida, is the only zoo on a college campus accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The SF Teaching Zoo is coordinated by ten full time staff members, home to over 70 different species of animals and is maintained by about 100 students enrolled in the college's premier Zoo Animal Technology program.

The zoo showcases a diverse collection that contains both native and exotic species for everyone to enjoy. Visitors enjoy the Bald Eagles, White-throated capuchin monkeys, American alligators, Matschie's Tree Kangaroo and Asian small-clawed otters to name a few. These species and many other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians are on display in a naturally shaded environment. The 1/4 mile trail through the wooded environment is lined with mulch and is stroller and/or wheelchair accessible.

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Hours and Admissions

Open daily from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Last entry at 2:30 p.m. Current admission rates and directions.

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Upcoming Events

Discover family friendly community events happening throughout the year.

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Zoo Animal Technology Program

Earn an A.S. degree while getting hands-on experience in wild animal care.

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Accreditation and Partnerships

Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. AZA represents more than 200 institutions which meet the highest standards in animal care, provide a fun and educational family experience, and dedicate millions of dollars to scientific research, conservation, and education programs.

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Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
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