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Your help today is very much needed. Our zoo is not supported by a county or city tax. It is supported by the kind and generous contributions from the community that benefit so greatly from its services.  Those contributions are very much needed and appreciated today as we continue to catch-up on maintenance, improve the homes for our animals and continue providing the experiences enjoyed by all who visit. PLEASE, help us ~ help them.

Please, be sure to scroll down to learn how you can  help build our zoo with a commemorative bench, table or viewing window to help the disabled enjoy their experience even more. It’s truly an investment in making our community a better place for all…


Monterey Zoo is fast becoming a world class zoo, with exhibits that give our animals maximum space in the most natural, humane, and mentally stimulating environments possible. Our mission is to provide an entertaining, intimate educational experience that fosters respect and admiration for all wildlife. Thanks to the generosity of private donors like you, we are well on our way to fulfilling our mission and completing Monterey County’s first and only zoo – a special place where families can make memories to last a lifetime.

OZ is finished! Lions, tigers, and bears! Oh, my! Our upper level renovation is complete with a new picnic area and restrooms to complement the exciting landscape for our animals. There is nothing more inspiring or important to us than to provide the best environment possible for our animals – and OZ does just that. And it’s just the beginning!





We only recently completed renovations to our lower level and couldn’t be happier with the results! We encourage you to get involved in this amazing adventure – perhaps even sponsor an exhibit! There are several in need of your name or that of your company. Check our our new warthog habitat above and cougar habitat below.

Smaller cats are all moved in also… (below)

Our alligators and kangaroos are now in their new habitat with the kind of space they’ve never known before.

Our baboons and monkeys are without a doubt the happiest in their new habitat, complete with an awesome new heated indoor living quarters.

All our birds are now enjoying their new habitats, a first for Monterey Zoo.

Come see our coati, raccoons and badgers in their new “digs”…

The magic of Camel-Lot means something different at Monterey Zoo.

You can make a difference by donating to the Monterey Zoo, and help us continue to build a world-class facility that will promote family fun as well as education and conservation. Please contact our development office for more information on sponsorship opportunities, or you can contribute through our DonorBox page. Thank you!






Our new Rainforest-Reptile Exhibit has fast become our zoo founder/director’s favorite place in the entire zoo. Home to our sloths and both venomous as well as non-venomous reptiles, bugs and amphibians, we could not be more proud of how this exhibit turned out and can’t wait to share it with you.



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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.

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