The Gulf Breeze ZOO, Gulf Breeze

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The Gulf Breeze Zoo is a 50acre zoo located in Gulf Breeze, Florida.HistoryPlagued by financial troubles since Hurricane Ivan struck the area in 2004, the zoo closed on August 17, 2009, awaiting the decisions from the governments of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties to provide $125,000 each in funding.On August 20, 2009, zoo officials announced that the closure of the zoo would be permanent.The zoo was purchased by Virginia Safari Park of Natural Bridge, Virginia. in December 2009, and was reopened on February 18, 2010, as Gulf Breeze Zoo.ExhibitsA path through the zoo gardens lets visitors see many animals including primates, big cats, marsupials, Procyonidae, tortoises, and birds. It leads to a large petting area, a giraffe feeding station, and a walk-through parakeet enclosure. Some other exhibits throughout the park include Rocky the red river hog, black bears, a flying fox, otters, an alligator, and camels.Primate exhibits include lemurs, gibbons, siamangs, tamarinds, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, chimps, gorillas, including baby Kigali, a moustached guenon, and marmosets.
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517 reviews
  • August 13, 2017
    We went here for something for the kids to do other than the beach or pool. We have been to a lot of zoos and felt this one was lacking. There were a good number of exhibits that were empty. Some more...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Great zoo. Lots of animals. A train ride through exhibits. My kids had a blast and we wouldnt trade a minute.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This is a smaller but wonderful zoo! You can feed giraffes up close as well as llamas and goats. They have otters ,apes and big cats too. The train ride is worth the extra price. The feed cups are a l...  more »

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