Dear Zoo supporters, due to a “Shelter in Place Order”, Monterey Zoological and Vision Quest Ranch have been instructed to close down. 

Unfortunately, our business is unlike many in that when business slows or, in this case, becomes nonexistent, our overhead remains the same. The needs of the animals that count on us remain the same. We must still find a way to fund their food and care.  Our staff has generously volunteered to scale back their hours as far as possible. If you can help us fund our feed costs and utility needs in any way, your donations could never be more appreciated. Please, help us help them. We look very forward to the day we can remove this banner and continue sharing our very special family with yours.

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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! Future projects are underway to continue doing just that.

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Due to a Monterey Public Health mandate, Monterey Zoo is closed until further notice.

Visit Us

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. One day complimentary admission to zoo is included in with your stay.

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

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

Daily Hours

Due to a Monterey Public Health mandate, Monterey Zoo is closed until further notice.


Family Annual Pass

Bring the whole family and come often with our family annual pass. Other annual pass packages available. Perfect for animal lovers everywhere!



The Monterey Zoological Association offers a variety of educational programs to teach about animals around the world and in our own backyard.


Special Events

Monterey Zoo events benefit the animals and the community. We guarantee they’re unlike any event you’ve ever attended!



Daily Hours
Due to a Monterey Public Health mandate, Monterey Zoo is closed until further notice.

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$35 ages 15 and up
$25 for children ages 2-14 (under 2 free – $8 stroller fee)

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Annual Passes

Enjoy the Zoo year-round!
Individual and Family Plans Available
Starting at only $75

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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
We are temporarily CLOSED to the public due to the "Shelter in Place Order."Find Out More Here/Below