Monterey’s Newest Adventure

Where the Wild Things are! Get up close and personal with wild, exotic animals from around the world in a beautiful natural setting. An unforgettable family adventure!


Help us build Monterey County’s first zoo! With a commitment to providing our animals with the largest and most naturalistic enclosures possible, the Monterey Zoological Association, a 501(c)(3) non profit and formally Wild Things, has embarked on an ambitious plan to build a world class zoo!

Support our Zoo

We are open for daily tours! Our dedicated staff will be your guide through one animal adventure after another. Our new zoo is under construction but several exciting new exhibits featuring lions, tigers and bears are already complete! Also pick from a variety of specialized experiences!

Take a Tour

Hear the roar of tigers and lions just steps from your private bungalow, and enjoy breakfast with African elephants! Plan your own close-to-home safari with accommodations at our Vision Quest Ranch Bed and Breakfast. discounted tickets to zoo included in with your stay.

Plan a Safari

Virtual Tour

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

There are so many ways to enjoy the Monterey Zoo. From daily tours to customized packages to overnight safaris, plan your family adventure today!


Daily Tours
1:00 PM everyday
3:00 PM June – August

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Daily Tours
$20 ages 15 and up
$16 for children 14 & under

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Annual Passes

Enjoy the Zoo year-round!
Individual and Family Plans Available
Starting at only $35

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While providing exemplary animal care, Monterey Zoological Society is dedicated to providing an entertaining yet educational experience which fosters public awareness and respect for all wildlife.

Contact Info

400 River Road, Salinas, CA 93908 Phone: 831-455-1901