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It’s a Girl! Baby Hippo Born at the Zoo

Gulf Breeze, Florida –September 24, 2015  - The Gulf Breeze Zoo is proud to announce its newest member, a female Nile hippopotamus. On August 18th, after a gestation of 8 months, “Cleopatra” gave birth to a healthy female calf weighing approximately 70 pounds! (Mom weighs in at around 4,000 pounds) Both mother and calf are in excellent condition and are now on exhibit for daily viewing.  

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.

New Arrival: One BIG Zoo Baby Born

Baby giraffe born at Gulf Breeze ZooGulf Breeze Zoo is excited to announce a very BIG birth this Spring, a new baby giraffe!  Gabby, a 13 year old reticulated giraffe, gave birth to the 5’ 8” male calf early in the morning on March 27th.  Zookeepers had been monitoring Gabby closely for several months before she gave birth and are delighted that both mom and baby are healthy.

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. 

Endangered zebra foals born at Gulf Breeze Zoo

GULF BREEZE, Florida -- The Gulf Breeze Zoo announced that two Grévy's zebra foals were born of different mothers on the same day, Aug. 12, at the facility. 

"We knew both females were due any day, but we couldn't predict that both females would give birth on the same day," said Desiree Hager, assistant curator, in a news release. "Both deliveries were quick and we're excited to report both babies are happy and healthy with their mothers." 

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.