Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Gainesville FL Home to over 75 different species of animals and over 200 individuals

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Gainesville FL


SF Teaching Zoo is home to over 75 different species of animals and over 200 individuals. Our diverse collection contains both native and exotic species that everyone can enjoy. Some family favorites are 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 wooded environment.

The Teaching Zoo is owned and run by Santa Fe College. It has a full-time staff of eight, two part-time employees and the students number between 80-120 depending upon the semester. The zoo is coordinated by the staff and maintained by the students in the program.
The Teaching Zoo is open seven days a week from 9am to 2pm for self-guided tours and no appointments are necessary. Stroll the 10-acre wooded forest with sawdust trails. Bring your children or grandchildren to play at the playground located in the middle of the zoo. Enjoy nature at its best. The zoo is stroller and wheelchair accessible.

They offer guided tours with an advanced appointment. You must email Anita Courtot at to make an appointment.

Group Scheduling and Charges (15 people or more)
For more information about groups planning a Field Trip to the Teaching Zoo and /or Planetarium show please visit the Resources for Teachers link.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 – Thanksgiving
Monday, December 24, 2012 – Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 – Christmas Day


It’s best to use these step-by-step directions instead of a GPS. The GPS will guide you to the east side of the campus and we are located on the northwest side. The Teaching Zoo is located off of North Road, on the northwest campus of Santa Fe College (3000 N.W. 83rd Street).
■If you are coming off of I-75
■take exit #390. This puts you on N.W. 39th Avenue (SR 222).
■Go east to N.W. 91st Street (Walgreens is on the right)
■Turn right onto N.W. 91st Street and follow N.W. 91st until it makes a sharp curve to the left.
■The Zoo is the first driveway on the right after the curve.
■We are located in the tan building with the green roof on the left .

SF Teaching Zoo
3000 N.W. 83rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32606

Parking is based on a first-come first-serve basis. Vehicles can park in any parking space as long as its not outlined in blue paint or has signs posted for Reserved Parking. The parking lot #10 beside the Little School or Lot #9 across NW 91st Street (North Road) is also available. There are two handicap parking spaces available at the zoo.