Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo hosts online auction to name new baby gibbon


The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo has announced an online auction to name one of its most popular animals, a one-year-old baby white-handed gibbon. All proceeds from the auction will help fund animal care at the zoo.

The auction started on August 24 in honor of the gibbon’s birthday and will end on September 10. The auction started at $ 250 and will increase in increments of $ 5.

The highest bidder will win the opportunity to submit name recommendations and a zoo gift package, which will include zoo tickets, a gibbon painting, and an item from the zoo gift shop.

The funds from the auction will help pay for food, which costs $ 2,000 per year, veterinary care at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, which costs approximately $ 2,500, and approximately $ 1,500 for maintenance. habitual and environmental enrichment.

“We give them the same quality food that we would feed ourselves, restaurant quality food,” said Jade Salamone, conservation and education coordinator at the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo.

The 10-acre zoo is located on the Santa Fe campus and is home to 70 different animal species. It is fully maintained by students of the Zoo Animal Technology program, Salamone said.

The zoo doesn’t hire zookeepers, and it serves as a learning lab for students to get hands-on experience, Salamone said.

Because they are an endangered species, gibbons offer students the opportunity to work with unusual animals while giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about them.

“It’s just a really special animal because we teach people about the types of habitats we create to try and recreate their original range, so they can really see all of these amazing natural behaviors that they font, ”Salamone said.

Salamone said the baby gibbon is a particularly special draw for students and visitors.

“He’s really, really curious and very curious. He’s still investigating a lot of things. He’s definitely still attached to his mother, but he’s becoming really, really independent, ”said Salamone.

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Caring for gibbons is expensive, but rewarding, said Salamone.

Proceeds from the online auction will also help fund the education of Santa Fe students in the zoo’s animal technology program.

“Being active participants in this stuff really makes a big difference, not only to our animals but also to our zookeepers who create lifelong memories and build careers here,” said Salamone.

Brittany Lee, 39-year-old vice president and agricultural director of Florida Blue Farms, said her family participated in the online auction.

“I think it’s a hidden Gainesville treasure, honestly, and as a family we really love going there,” she said.

Lee said his 4-year-old son Jeb loved watching gibbons and came up with names in case they won. Her current favorite is Gibby, she said.

“We participated in the auction because we want to support the zoo, we want to support the efforts of the zoo, and it’s something my kids and family love to do on a regular basis,” Lee said.

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Eve Thompson is a third year journalism major covering Santa Fe. In the past, Eve was a press assistant in the university office. When not submitting requests for public recording or looking at a blank Google docs, Eve can be found on a boat, usually listening to music from the ’70s.

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