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    • Today I visited the only zoo on a college campus accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is a lab course in an actual zoo on a college campus. This lab zoo not only teaches the students how to work with the animals in a zoo but also how to interact with the public in the zoo. The admission price to the zoo is $6 for adults and $5 for children and seniors over 60.

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      From a Wikipedia article:

      Students spend 5 semesters learning about animal husbandry, breeding, nutrition, medical care, physiology, taxonomic relationships, conservation, enclosure construction, proper zoo sanitation, and other topics through classwork and actual work as keepers in the zoo.

      This is a link to a webcam at the zoo:

      More information on the teaching zoo may be found at this link:

    • How cool! I work in construction but our biggest client is a zoo. It’s fascinating to see everything that happens behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly. Especially the constant tug of war between the keepers, who are responsible for the well-being of the animals, and the administrators who are tasked with keeping the finances out of the red.

      A lot of people I’ve worked with started their careers in park management at Disney. Apparently Disney theme parks have a phenomenal program for training and developing entry-level employees in every aspect of running a zoo/park. So it doesn’t surprise me at all that this program has sprung up in Florida.

    • I think that the Santa Fe College Training Zoo predates Disney World's animal activities. The Zoo opened in 1970. Disney World's first park opened in 1971.

      Now if you wanted to reference a place that opened prior to the training zoo, Busch Garden's "Serengeti Plains" opened in 1965.

      I might mention also that Jack Hanna has more than once interacted with the training zoo. A google search using the terms "Jack Hanna" and "Santa Fe" will turn up articles and videos involving both.

    • I’ve seen an orangutan rip a metal door off it’s hinges. And a chimpanzee break a 2-inch thick acrylic window with only a small rock. I can’t imagine ever letting a zookeeper in the same room as them. Let alone dressing them up and posing for pictures.