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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.


It’s a wild world: Gulf Breeze Zoo celebrates 30 years

It’s a wild world: Gulf Breeze Zoo celebrates 30 years
Published: Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 13:10 PM.

It’s been 30 years since the Gulf Breeze Zoo first opened and it’s still going strong.With the summer season in swing and a No. 1 rating on Trip Advisor as the best attraction in Gulf Breeze, there should be no problem keeping the parking lot full.


World Giraffe Day! June 21st

Celebration of World Giraffe Day on the Longest Day of the Year - Saturday, June 21st

Join us in celebrating World Giraffe Day at the Gulf Breeze Zoo! 

This June, the Gulf Breeze Zoo along with zoos, schools, and conservation organizations all over the world are celebrating the very first 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, Gamba, gets bottle fed. Meet the entire giraffe family for an opportunity to learn and ask questions about these beautiful animals.


Guests are encouraged to join the party in the Giraffeteria Restaurant from 11am - 5pm. We will be giving away World Giraffe Day coloring & activity sheets for all ages. 




Gulf Breeze Zoo Awarded 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


Gulf Breeze Zoo Awarded 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Recognized as the #1 Attraction for Gulf Breeze on the World's Largest Travel Site

Gulf Breeze, FL – June 1st – The Gulf Breeze Zoo was named the #1 attraction by  TripAdvisor® along with a Certificate of Excellence award. This award is given only to businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five and a certain volume of recent reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.


Zoo to throw birthday party for its latest 2-year-old

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 14:01 PM.

GULF BREEZE — It seems like a short time ago Gulf Breeze Zoo visitors were staring into a glass nursery watching a newborn gorilla learn to eat, drink and become like his mom.Kigali will celebrate his second birthday this Saturday, and the zoo is throwing a birthday party complete with a special cake, gorilla-sized birthday card and presents.“I can’t believe that he’s already turning 2,” zoo curator Tenielle Welch said during a recent tour of the zoo’s babies. “It seems like yesterday I was crawling on the ground with him on my back.”


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