Gulf Breeze Zoo
16 February 1978 (as The Zoo Northwest Florida)
|Location||Gulf Breeze, Florida, United States|
|Land area||50 acres (20 ha)|
|Major exhibits||train ride|
Plagued 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.
A 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.
There are many birds throughout the park. Some in exhibits and some roaming the zoo. The birds you can see here are chickens, peacocks, owls, macaws, rhea, emu, ostriches and many other interesting species of birds.
A raised boardwalk lets visitors see herds of deer, antelope, and emu, as well as African wild dogs, capybara, named Pigmalion, Piggy Sue, Wilburta and Lord Piggington, kudu, and chimps on Chimp Island.
A miniature train takes visitors on a 20-minute guided tour, where they can see impala, deer, antelope, zebras, and white rhinos roaming in a 30-acre (12 ha) enclosure, and get a close view of gorillas and Nile hippos.
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