16 February 1978 (as The Zoo Northwest Florida)
|Location||Gulf Breeze, Florida, United States|
|Land area||50 acres (20 ha)|
|Major exhibits||train ride|
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.
On August 20, 2009, zoo officials announced that the closure of the zoo would be permanent.
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.
A C.P. Huntington locomotive train 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.