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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!

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 delivered by 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

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 Hours

Monterey Zoo is OPEN every day, 10am – 3pm.

(We only close to the public on Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)   Tickets are always available for purchase in our Gift Shop

Family Annual Pass

Bring the family and come as often as you like with our family annual pass. Other annual pass packages are also available. Perfect for animal lovers everywhere!



The Monterey Zoological Association offers educational programs to teach about animals around the world and in our own backyard. See our Education Page for details.


Special Events

Monterey Zoo events benefit the animals and the community. We guarantee they’re unlike any event you’ve attended! Check out our Events Page for information.



Open 10am-3pm Every Day. (Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)

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$35.25 ages 15 and up
$25 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 $110

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Gift Certificates available in our Zoo
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While providing exemplary animal care, Monterey Zoological Society is dedicated to providing an entertaining yet educational and conservation minded experience which fosters public awareness and respect for all wildlife.

Vision Quest Ranch

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