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Gulf Breeze Zoo
Gulf Breeze Zoo
Date opened

16 February 1978 (as The Zoo Northwest Florida)

18 February 2010 (as Gulf Breeze Zoo)[1]
Location Gulf Breeze, Florida, United States
Coordinates 30°24?04?N 86°59?04?W / 30.401141°N 86.984391°W / 30.401141; -86.984391Coordinates: 30°24?04?N 86°59?04?W / 30.401141°N 86.984391°W / 30.401141; -86.984391
Land area 50 acres (20 ha)[2]
Major exhibits train ride

The Gulf Breeze Zoo (originally The Zoo Northwest Florida) is a 50-acre (20 ha) zoo located in Gulf Breeze, Florida.


Once plagued by financial troubles after 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.[3]

On August 20, 2009, zoo officials announced that the closure of the zoo would be permanent.[3]

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.[1][4]


The Gulf Breeze Zoo is divided into 20 acres of walking exhibits and a 30 acres free roaming preserve area that guests take a guided train ride through. The walking portion includes many animals including primates, lions, tigers, marsupials, bears, tortoises, and a large variety of exotic birds such peacocks, owls, macaws, rhea, emu, ostriches, toucan, flamingos and storks. The Zoo has several interactive feeding areas including a large petting area, a giraffe feeding area, and a walk-through parakeet enclosure. Other highlighted exhibits throughout the park include red river hogs, otters, alligators, and camels. Primate exhibits include lemurs, gibbons, guenons, siamangs, golden headed lion tamarins, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, Western lowland gorillas, and marmosets.

Another unique area of the walking portion of the Zoo includes a large raised boardwalk that allows visitors see herds of deer, antelope, capybara, kudu, rhino and the Gorilla Islands. [5]

A C.P. Huntington locomotive train[6] takes visitors on a 20-minute guided tour, where they can see many different types of deer, antelope, zebras, and white rhinos roaming in a 30-acre (12 ha) and get a close view of gorillas and Nile hippos.[2]


  1. ^ a b Leavenworth, Christina (18 February 2010). "Former Northwest Florida Zoo reopens". WALA-TV. Retrieved 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Gulf Breeze Zoo". Gulf Breeze Zoo. Retrieved 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Zoo Northwest Florida closes for good". WALA-TV. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 2010. 
  4. ^ Barker, Jeff (12 February 2010). "The Zoo Northwest Florida to reopen this month". Freedom Communications. Retrieved 2010. 
  5. ^ "Visit the Gulf Breeze Zoo | Gulf Breeze, Florida". Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "C. P. Huntington". Wikipedia. 2017-12-01. 

External links

Official website

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