Santa Fe Zoo

Established in 1970, the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is a 10-acre zoo in Gainesville, Florida. As part of Santa Fe College, It is the only zookeeper training facility in the United States with its own AZA-accredited zoo on grounds.  It is home to over 200 individual animals representing more than 75 species, and is a popular destination for both local residents and tourists. Of particular interest is their family of rare white-handed gibbons.

It’s the little things: The chance to render and work with bamboo foliage here was a welcome change from normal Florida tree canopies, as was the fun working on an unexpected type of animal.