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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  • We travel full-time and so we have been to several zoos all over the country. I homeschool my kids (7 & 8), so when we found ourselves in Pensacola, FL for 4 months, we signed up for the annual member...  more »
  • This is a gem on the Gulf Coast. This is a small zoo, with a large cross-section of animals. They also have a activities for the kiddos. We have been to this zoo quite a few times and each time the gr...  more »
  • Although the zoo is small it has plenty to offer. There are lots of animal exhibits such as giraffes, lions, tigers, kangaroos, gorillas and rhinos. There are also various monkeys and birds. There is ...  more »

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