Special Events

Monterey Zoological hosts several special events throughout the year to benefit the animals as well as many other non-profit efforts in the community. We also welcome those wishing to bring their special occasion or holiday gathering to the zoo.

Our Roaring 20s fundraising gala is unlike any other, with fine foods, wine, spirits, a heartwarming zoo presentation, live and silent auctions, and music and dancing, all surrounding by many “Wild Things” joining us that evening.  It will be hosted by Jim Vanderzwaan with music provided by the Alison Sharino Band.

Ticket information will be available soon for this event.  If you typically receive invitations to Zoo and EARS events, it should arrive soon, or you can call to reserve your seats at (831) 455-1901.  This event sells out quickly, so please be sure to book as soon as possible.

For a look at other such events we’ve hosted in the past we invite you to visit http://visionquestranch.com/html/special_eventsite.html or http://elephantears.org/html/fundraising_events.html, as we take great pride in the magical evenings we’ve created.

PLEASE be sure to check back here often where information on our next event will soon be posted. If you’ve never attended one in the past, you won’t want to miss the next one.



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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Enjoy the Zoo year-round!
Individual and Family Plans Available
Starting at only $110

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