October 20, 2020 – Over the last few months, staff and zookeepers have been working diligently to prepare the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo for guests. They know that zoo members and visitors have been anxiously waiting to walk the trails again and say hello to zoo favorites like the capuchin monkeys and alligators. SF … Continue reading SF Teaching Zoo Welcomes New Zoo Babies
October 15, 2020 – The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo and Santa Fe College Police Department are working together to help food-insecure families in the community with a canned food drive. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 15 through Friday, Nov. 20, they will be hosting #WhoCanYouCan, collecting canned goods for the Gainesville Harvest Food Bank and Catholic … Continue reading SF Teaching Zoo and SFPD Team Up for Canned Food Drive
October 9, 2020 – After months of closure due to the current health crisis, staff and zookeepers at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo will begin a phased reopening of the zoo. The zoo is excited to welcome SF faculty and staff back to the SF Teaching Zoo for the first phase of reopening. Starting Tuesday, Oct. … Continue reading SF Faculty, Staff and Families Can Visit Zoo Beginning Oct. 13
October 5, 2020 – In the midst of a global pandemic, the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo strives to continue to fulfill its mission to protect wildlife. On July 23, 2020, staff and zookeepers welcomed a rehabilitated juvenile bald eagle to the zoo family. Earlier this year, Three Rivers State Park service officials and volunteers … Continue reading SF Teaching Zoo Welcomes New Bald Eagle
September 21, 2020 – The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo regretfully announces that their annual family-friendly trick-or-treat event “Boo at the Zoo” has been canceled due to concerns over the current health crisis. Each year Boo at the Zoo sees over 5,000 attendees in just a few hours. It would be exceptionally challenging to manage … Continue reading Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo Cancels “Boo at the Zoo” for This Year
August 7, 2020 – The past few months have been discouraging for those working to live a sustainable lifestyle. Due to the current health crisis, disposable face masks and gloves can be found littering parking lots, single-use plastics are on the rise and most businesses no longer accept reusable cups and containers for takeout. Thankfully, … Continue reading SF Teaching Zoo Zero Wasters Make a Big Impact During Plastic Free EcoChallenge!
July 28, 2020 – As the closures and restrictions from the COVID-19 global pandemic stretch past the four-month mark, many of us are longing to participate in the activities that bring us joy. The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo prides itself on being an enriching, educational resource for our community. As a spacious outdoor zoo, … Continue reading SF Teaching Zoo Working With Health Officials Before Determining Opening Date
June 17, 2020 – Inspired by an Australian-founded initiative, the Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a 31-day international challenge to raise awareness about the problems with plastic; to provide opportunities to learn about reducing and refusing plastics where possible; and to encourage individuals to create small changes that have a huge impact. Reducing plastic use and … Continue reading Join the SF Teaching Zoo this July for a Plastic Free EcoChallenge
May 29, 2020 – Last week, the staff and zookeepers at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo said goodbye to the zoo’s beloved longtime resident bald eagle. Not only will Ariel leave a lasting legacy at the zoo, she will forever be a symbol for hope. After sustaining an injury to her left wing in … Continue reading SF Teaching Zoo Mourns Passing of Bald Eagle
May 15, 2020 – In a time where we can feel dispirited and uncertain, conservation continues. This week brings a little ray of sunshine to the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo to brighten our spirits. Nearly a decade ago, the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo began construction on the Florida Wilderness Trail, which would be … Continue reading Zookeepers Fawning Over New SF Teaching Zoo Key Deer Arrival
May 4, 2020 – The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo wants to help parents find fun ways of celebrating their children’s birthdays while practicing social distancing. You can brighten your child’s day by scheduling a Zoo Zoom Birthday! An SF Teaching Zoo staff member and animal ambassador will call you for a personal meet and … Continue reading SF Teaching Zoo Holding Zoom Birthday Parties
April 30, 2020 – As promised, a mate for Ecki the Matschie’s tree kangaroo has arrived at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo! In February, Adelaide made the journey from the San Antonio Zoo in Texas to sunny Florida. While they live right next door to each other, they are acclimating to their new homes. … Continue reading Tree Kangaroo Meets His Mate
April 2, 2020 – On Friday, March 13, the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo welcomed Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Dorothy. These are just four of the seven new golden conures who now live at the zoo. Over the last several months, staff and zookeepers designed and constructed the conures’ brand new, spacious habitat. With open … Continue reading Golden Girls Make Their Debut at the SF Teaching Zoo
February 11, 2020 – This spring, the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is joining Gorilla SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) and the Gorilla Species Survival Plan for Gorillas on the Line…Answer the Call! This global program aims to increase the recycling of cell phones and small electronics in an effort to protect habitats for gorillas and other wildlife in … Continue reading Help the SF Teaching Zoo Protect Gorilla Habitats
January 16, 2020 – In the last decade, the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo has celebrated many new arrivals, from tree kangaroos to lemurs to gibbons. After nearly 10 years, we are excited to announce the births of Asian small-clawed otter pups! This holiday season was a joyous one for our staff and keepers. Just … Continue reading Otterly Exciting News at the SF Teaching Zoo!
January 16, 2020 – The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo wants to help you become a citizen scientist. FrogWatch USA is a program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that offers individuals an opportunity to learn about the wetlands in their community, identify local frog calls and to report data. Frogs are an … Continue reading Become a Citizen Scientist with the SF Teaching Zoo and FrogWatch USA!
January 15, 2020 – KultureCity has partnered with the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo to improve the zoo’s ability to assist and accommodate guests with sensory needs. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests with a sensory issue that visits the SF Teaching Zoo. The certification process entailed the … Continue reading SF Teaching Zoo is Certified Sensory Inclusive
December 16, 2019 – The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo will be open regular hours from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. during winter break. The only days the zoo will be closed are Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24 and 25. The student zookeepers and staff at the SF Teaching Zoo hopes everyone has a wonderful … Continue reading SF Teaching Zoo Open During Most of Winter Break
December 9, 2019 – The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo wants to help you become a citizen scientist. FrogWatch USA is a program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that offers individuals an opportunity to learn about the wetlands in their community, identify local frog calls and to report data. Frogs are an … Continue reading The SF Teaching Zoo and FrogWatch USA! Help You Become a Citizen Scientist
November 8, 2019 – The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo students and staff would like to thank the entire Santa Fe College community for celebrating the 25th annual Boo at the Zoo with them! The zoo welcomed 5,326 guests and raised 5,330 canned goods for Catholic Charities and Gainesville Harvest at SF. All donations will … Continue reading Boo at the Zoo Another Huge Success
We did good!! Big thanks to everyone who attended Boo at the Zoo this year. You helped donate a grand total of 5,330 cans of food! This food will be distributed by Catholic Charities Gainesville and by our own Gainesville Harvest @ SF food pantry. It will help feed our students who are food insecure, and other … Continue reading Three cheers for Boo at the Zoo!!! (And a plug for our new podcast)