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2016 Wild Shots Photo Contest!

Gulf Breeze, FL – June 29, 2016 – It's that time of year again! Gulf Breeze Zoo is calling shutterbugs of all ages to enter their photos in the official 2016 Wild Shots Photo Contest.  

With over 800 animals, the Gulf Breeze Zoo's diverse wildlife and interactive animal experiences create the perfect backdrop for any photographer.  Snap funny family pictures or the perfect animal poses.  Scenery, silly faces and animal antics are encouraged.  So pack up those cameras and head to the Zoo for your chance to win a family 4 pack of season passes or other "wild" prizes!



Home School Day at the Gulf Breeze Zoo was a big success!

The Zoo’s Homeschool Day was wildly successful with over 800 children, parents and educators in attendance. The Zoo had excellent weather and a full line up of educational and entertaining programming to keep the children entertained all day long including.


Train Grand Opening!


Join us Sunday, April 10 as we celebrate the arrival of the Zoo's brand new diesel powered C.P. Huntington train! -     Come early - the first train ride will go at 9:45am!

·         The first 100 children will receive a free train ride, commemorative train conductor hat and real train whistle.

·         Ribbon and cake cutting ceremony will take place at 1:00pm.


Gulf Breeze Zoo Partnered With Toys For Tots Charity


Gulf Breeze, Florida - December 2nd, 2015 - The Gulf Breeze Zoo partnered with Toys for Tots again this year, providing Christmas gifts for children in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. The Zoo offered special admission, in exchange for a donated toy, for a sneak peak of ZooLights. It was a record opening for ZooLights, as the Zoo collected nearly 1,000 toys.


An Open Letter to the Community




2015 Wild Shots Photo Contest


It's that time of year again! Gulf Breeze Zoo is calling shutterbugs of all ages to enter their photos in the official 2015 Wild Shots Photo Contest.  With over 800 animals, the Gulf Breeze Zoo's diverse wildlife and interactive animal experiences create the perfect backdrop for any photographer.  Snap funny family pictures or the perfect animal poses.  Scenery, silly faces and animal antics are encouraged.  So pack up those cameras and head to the Zoo for your chance to win a family 4 pack of season passes or other "wild" prizes!


Celebration of World Giraffe Day on the Longest Day of the Year!


This June, the Gulf Breeze Zoo along with zoos, schools, and conservation organizations all over the world are celebrating the 2nd annual World Giraffe Day.

Make your way to the Gulf Breeze Zoo to be part of a worldwide event on June 21st. Join us for a special Meet-A-Keeper giraffe talk at 12pm and watch as our baby giraffe, Gideon, gets bottle fed. Meet the entire giraffe family for an opportunity to learn and ask questions about these beautiful animals.



Zoo is hosting a gorilla of a birthday party!


The Gulf Breeze Zoo is hosting a birthday party for Kigali, its baby gorilla, who is turning 3 years old. The celebration takes place Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. Kigali will get presents, a special gorilla cake, and play on Gorilla Island all day. Visitors can sign Kigali’s birthday card.



Gulf Breeze Zoo Partners With Toys For Tots This November

The Gulf Breeze Zoo has partnered up with Toys for Tots again this year to provide Christmas gifts for children in need in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. The Zoo will offer a very special free admission to a sneak peak of ZooLights, Friday, November 28th with a donation of a new unwrapped toy. Toys For Tots appropriate toys will also be available for purchase in the zoo gift shop. 


Gulf Breeze zoo hires new director

Published: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM.

Coming from Seattle, Washington, the Gulf Breeze Zoo’s new director Steve Jagielski isn’t quite used to Florida summers.

“I’m learning to tell the difference between two-shirt and three-shirt days,” he said with a laugh.

Jagielski comes to Gulf Breeze with an extensive background, including working at zoos in Nepal, the Bronx and Pennsylvania to name a few.


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