The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, a unique 10-acre zoo in Gainesville, Florida, is one of only two teaching zoos in the nation.
The SF Teaching Zoo is coordinated by eight full time staff members, home to over 75 different species of animals and is maintained by over 200 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, Galapagos tortoises, 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 sawdust and is stroller and/or wheelchair accessible.
The Zoo features several picnic tables for our guests. They are located at the entrance under the shaded trees. In addition, the Zoo has several covered picnic areas located at the playground. Please restrain from bringing glass into the zoo.
Children who bring their "Straight A" report card recieve free admission.
Become a member and you are free to visit the SF Teaching Zoo as often as you would like all year long! Membership includes free admission as well as invitations to exclusive members-only events throughout the year.
Are you interested in meeting the largest tortoise species in the world? Sign up for our brand new Galapagos Tortoise encounter! You will go behind the scenes to have a unique interaction with our resident Galapagos tortoises, and take home memories to last a lifetime.