Zookeeper Day is more than just monkeying around!

Zookeeper Day is more than just monkeying around!

Students and animals at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo shot in Oct. 2016 in Gainesville, Fla. ***Zoo office have the Photo Releases***

June 27, 2017 – Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to be a zookeeper? The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is celebrating National Zookeeper Week, Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by showcasing our incredible zookeepers and the amazing work they do every day.

Gainesville is home to the only teaching zoo on a college campus accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in the nation, training future zookeepers in the highest standards of animal care. Bring the whole family, learn from the experts and see if you have what it takes to be a zookeeper! Meet our animal ambassadors, check out a keeper talk and watch a training demonstration. There will be tons of fun-filled activities designed to test your zookeeping skills, as well as crafts and face painting. We have also invited organizations represented by graduates of the Zoo Animal Technology Program.

If you have ever dreamed of being a zookeeper or had interest in working with animals, make sure to sit in on our Program Advisor’s talk at 1 p.m. We will share information about the program, what you can expect and how you can apply. The talk is appropriate for anyone considering the program and will be followed by a question and answer session.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to get an up-close glimpse into the wonderful world of zookeeping! Check us out on Facebook at to get updates about exciting new happenings at the zoo.


  • $6 for adults
  • $5 for children (ages 4-12), Seniors (60+), and UF staff and students with ID
  • Free for children 3 and under, and Santa Fe College students or staff members with ID

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