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Halloween gets wild at Boo at the Zoo

Halloween gets wild at Boo at the Zoo

Children of all ages had a wild Halloween this month at the annual Boo at the Zoo celebration at Gulf Breeze Zoo. A variety of vendors set up booths along a trick or treat trail through the Zoo’s many animal exhibits each weekend in October.   Read the full article in the Oct. 31 issue […]

Beaches to Woodlands fun this week

Beaches to Woodlands fun this week

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze  Through Nov. 3, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday 2055 Homer Holland Rd. Milton www.HollandFarmsOnline.com Sonshine Family Farms Corn Mazes and Mini Golf Through Nov. 3, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 6270 Oglesby Rd. in Milton […]

Hall’s Hedgehogs use newspaper in the classroom

Hall’s Hedgehogs use newspaper in the classroom

Holley Navarre Primary School second-graders in teacher Kaytlyn Hall’s class, affectionately dubbed Hall’s Hedgehogs, used the Navarre Press to learn about text features and how to use them. This a Florida education standard. Using photos from the Sept. 12 story on Gulf Breeze Zoo’s Wild Shots contest winners, the students created informational posters about animals such as […]

Wild Shots winners revealed

Wild Shots winners revealed

In July, the Gulf Breeze Zoo hosted its annual Wild Shots Photo Contest in search of the perfect shot. The competition was steep with 830 entries from shutterbug’s of all ages and experience levels. The contest contained three categories: Adult, Youth and People’s Choice.   Read the full article in the Sept. 12 issue of […]

Gulf Breeze Zoo raffles ape-created artwork

Gulf Breeze Zoo raffles ape-created artwork

Gulf Breeze Zoo visitors have an opportunity to add a unique piece of art to their homes created by a very special team of burgeoning artists. Orangutans Brandee, Indah, Louie, Sara, Maggie and youngster Artie tried their hand at painting, and the results are being raffled off now through Sept. 30 to help their counterparts […]

Gulf Breeze Zoo supports international conservation efforts

Gulf Breeze Zoo supports international conservation efforts

Several hooved and horned animals that call Gulf Breeze Zoo home may one day be heroes to their species thanks to a partnership between the zoo and international conservancy effort Source Population Alliance (SPA). The zoo contributes by maintaining healthy populations of endangered and critically endangered species and working with other facilities across the U.S., […]

Gulf Breeze Zoo welcomes baby giraffe Kai

Gulf Breeze Zoo welcomes baby giraffe Kai

Gulf Breeze Zoo announced Tuesday the birth of a new giraffe calf named Kai. On Feb.  10, reticulated giraffe Kenya went into labor just after 8 p.m. in her birthing stall within the giraffe compound. Patient zoo staff anxiously watched her deliver a healthy boy calf, Kai, two hours later, just after 10 p.m. Animal […]

VIDEO: Orangutans return to Gulf Breeze Zoo

VIDEO: Orangutans return to Gulf Breeze Zoo

Gorillas are not the only great apes in our midst as a family of six orangutans arrived Tuesday at Gulf Breeze Zoo, a ZAA accredited facility. Learn more about the new residents here.  The Zoo has been working in conjunction with the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Connecticut to bring orangutans back to the facility. […]

Gulf Breeze Zoo has two new elusive ambassadors

Gulf Breeze Zoo has two new elusive ambassadors

Study of this elusive predatory cat has challenged scientist for years. To catch even a glimpse of clouded leopards, researches employ motion activated cameras, and satellite tracking collars are used to study their secretive behavior. Read the full article in the Jan. 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Fear Forest frightens for a cause

Fear Forest frightens for a cause

Leading up to Halloween night, Community of Christ church brought the fear last weekend during their annual Fear Forest. This haunted trail brought in hundreds of folks for screams and children’s Halloween activities. Read the full article in the Oct. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive […]

Boo at the Zoo offers wild time

Boo at the Zoo offers wild time

There were a variety of trick-or-treating booths throughout the zoo last weekend. In addition to getting sweet treats, visitors to Gulf Breeze zoo’s Boo at the Zoo event learned about the creatures that call the zoo home. Click here to view photos featured in the Oct. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online to your […]

Quinn aims to make a difference in the wild

Quinn aims to make a difference in the wild

Mark Quinn grew up around nature. That sort of came with the territory of his dad running safari parks. His father, Pat, is also responsible for starting the Gulf Breeze Zoo. “I always had an animal in my room,” Quinn said. “I once had a tiger cub, a lion cub and a cougar at the […]

Hands-on animal encounters form core of Lighthouse class

Hands-on animal encounters form core of Lighthouse class

For Lighthouse Private Christian Academy teacher Todd Quinn, work comes home with him. Literally. The zoology and agriculture instructor’s backyard is a bit of a zoo. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for […]

Beaches to Woodlands Tour boosts off-season tourism

Beaches to Woodlands Tour boosts off-season tourism

For coastal communities, Labor Day weekend often marks the end of the peak season. Belts are tightened. Hotel room rates are reduced to attract more visitors. For county government, that dip in visitors typically comes with a decline in collections of bed taxes, the tax charged on temporary accommodations. Read the full article in the […]

New babies herald Gulf Breeze Zoo growth

New babies herald Gulf Breeze Zoo growth

Gulf Breeze Zoo is expanding in many ways. The zoo welcomed two new babies in July, and they are now ready to greet visitors. Gus, a reticulated giraffe born to zoo resident Gabby, already stands nearly 6 feet tall. Acting zoo director David Tetzlaff, corporate operations officer … Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Zoo Lights sweeps Gulf Breeze Zoo

Zoo Lights sweeps Gulf Breeze Zoo

The entire zoo was lit up with an arrway of coloful, twinkling lights including models of the Blue Angels, an icicle tree and larger than life animals. The zoo will continue to be lit up each night starting at 5 p.m. and running until 9 p.m. through Dec. 30. Admission for the Zoo Lights cost […]

Raising empathy: ‘tis the season for giving

Raising empathy: ‘tis the season for giving

While many children will be making lists to send off to Santa Claus asking for things they want for Christmas, the season can also be a time of giving, no matter the age, said St. Paul United Methodist Church Pastor Christina Shaver. Shaver said her 2-year-old son, James, is in the “mine” phase. “Everything he […]

Halloween events and festivities

Halloween events and festivities

Halloween events and family friendly festivities will be going on in Navarre and the surrounding area throughout the weekend as well as the day of Halloween. Listed below are some of the events taking place. Oct. 27   Halloween Haunt Join in the howling happenings for a frightfully fun time at the annual Halloween Haunt […]

2017 Wild Shots Photo Contest Winners Announced

2017 Wild Shots Photo Contest Winners Announced

The Gulf Breeze Zoo called shutterbugs of all ages to enter their photos in the 2017 Wild Shots Photo Contest. And a record breaking 519 entries were submitted.  Contest categories include Adult, Cell Phone and Youth, and up to five photo may be submitted for review within an entry. Each entry was ranked overall in […]

Beaches to Woodlands returns early this year

Beaches to Woodlands returns early this year

Labor Day weekend marks the end of the traditional tourism peak season, and that can mean months of fewer visitors and lower profits known as the shoulder season. Bed tax collections, the money paid to the county by visitors for temporary lodging, tend to be lower. Despite July posting 32 percent bed tax growth, many […]

There’s a new zoo guy in town

There’s a new zoo guy in town

More outreach and more up-close interaction are at the top of the agenda for new Gulf Breeze Zoo Director Jesse Pottebaum. Pottebaum, who took the reins of the operation in May, said he has settled nicely into his new position. He took a moment to speak to a reporter following a sleepless night of looking […]

On the Turtle Trail for conservation, education

On the Turtle Trail for conservation, education

County tourism staff have begun working with the Santa Rosa Arts and Culture Foundation (SRACF) on the creation of a third, roughly $5,000, 5-foot-tall, sea turtle statue to be added to the county’s Turtle Trail, a project similar to the Pelican Trail in Pensacola. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre […]

Zoo seeing double with second giraffe birth

Zoo seeing double with second giraffe birth

The Gulf Breeze Zoo announced the birth of yet another giraffe calf Wednesday, Oct. 5, bringing the herd total to five. Kelly was born early Sept. 6 to mother, Kenya, a 7-year-old reticulated giraffe. The little girl weighed in at 117 pounds and measured 5 feet 8 inches tall at birth. Kelly’s birth follows just […]

Wild Shots Photo Contest

Wild Shots Photo Contest

Here are the results of the Gulf Breeze Zoo’s official 2016 Wild Shots Contest that solicited adult, youth and cellphone shutterbugs to enter their photos of more than 800 animals the zoo houses on its 50-plus acres of habitat. Click here to subscribe to your community paper online for as little as $38 per year.

Flight of the Amazon arrives soon

Flight of the Amazon arrives soon

Construction of Gulf Breeze Zoo’s new expanded aviary is underway and could open for visitors as early as the end of July. Located across from the zoo’s giraffe enclosure, the Flight of the Amazon will feature a variety of South American bird species. Visitors will enter the new walkway at one end of a long […]

Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Announces 2016 June Business of the Month

Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Announces 2016 June Business of the Month

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber announced Oak Ridge Gun Range Gulf Breeze as the Chamber’s Business of the Month for June 2016. Oak Ridge Gun Range opened in Gulf Breeze on Father’s Day 2013 and is the area’s state of the art indoor shooting range and full service shop.  They are a non-membership range with […]

World Giraffe Day

World Giraffe Day

Children visiting the Gulf Breeze Zoo fed treats to the zoo’s three giraffes in honor of World Giraffe Day, June 21. Zoo curator Katy Rich gave a special giraffe talk describing facts about the animals and raising awareness about dropping reticulated giraffe populations. “We call them quiet giants,” Rich said. “When people can see them […]

What’s new at the Zoo?

What’s new at the Zoo?

The Gulf Breeze Zoo celebrated the grand opening for Safari Station’s new train.  The train, a diesel powered CP Huntington, took off on its inaugural ride Sunday morning.  The first hundred children received a train whistle and conductor’s hat.  The Safari ride takes passengers on an up-close adventure with animals on the 50- acre preserve. […]

‘Look who’s 1’

‘Look who’s 1’

One of the Gulf Breeze Zoo’s reticulated giraffes, Gideon, celebrated his first birthday Sunday. Gideon was born March 27, 2015 and is the second offspring of Gabby and Geronimo. Other spring arrivals include a baby golden-headed lion tamarin born March 1. These tiny endangered monkeys are native to rainforests of eastern Brazil. The pond in […]