Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo


Bald Eagle at Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo



3000 N.W. 83 Street
Gainesville, FL 32606






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The SFCC Teaching Zoo is the local zoo for the Gainesville area and the laboratory for the Zoo Animal Technology Program. In this program, students from all over the United States learn to work with animals in captivity. After graduating from our program, students find employment in zoos and other animal related fields all over the country. For more information about the Teaching Zoo or the Zoo Animal Technology Program. What will I see at the Teaching Zoo? SFCC 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, Sika Deer, Galapagos tortoises, Matschie's Tree Kangaroo, Asian small-clawed otters and African Grey parrots. These species and many other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians are on display in a naturally wooded environment. Are the animals tame? No, the animals in the Teaching Zoo are not tame. We try to keep the animals as wild as possible to encourage their normal wild behaviors. Many of the animals can hurt keepers if they were to try and pet them. Our animals have lost some of their flight distance, but have retained most of their other wild behaviors.