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Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

Santa Fe College recently received global recognition on the web for being named among the best zoos in Florida. America’s top zoos were featured by state, with Santa Fe College sharing the recognition in Florida with Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Photo credit: Visit Gainesville

The SF Teaching Zoo is a 10-acre habitat for more than 75 different species that are cared for by eight full-time staff members and more than 200 students enrolled in the college’s Zoo Animal Technology Program. The program is one of only two in the entire nation.

According to the Department of Economic Opportunity’s Bureau of Labor Market Statistics, Animal Care and Service workers ranks in Florida’s top 40 in-demand occupations, percent-wise. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the national outlook for Animal Care and Service jobs growth is 15 percent, notably faster than the average projected 11 percent growth rate for all occupations.

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