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.

In accordance with restrictions and safety measures concerning COVID19, we will be unable to host our annual fundraising gala for Monterey Zoo this year. This decision weights heavy on our hearts as this pandemic coupled with several other unfortunate happenings find our small zoo more in need of financial support than ever. For those interested, we invite you to click here to view a PDF Newsletter to bring you up to speed on our concerns, our efforts and the hopeful future of Monterey Zoo.

We would like to thank all our animal loving friends that participated in our little unique fun Valentines Day program.  You helped feed some of our newest animals at the zoo while allowing all to learn about their incredible dietary needs and predator behaviors.  

We’re gonna keep this program open throughout February to enable more to participate. Name a rat, cricket, worm or fish after anyone you want, perhaps an “Ex” in your life, and watch as we feed it to a cobra, hawk, frog, spider, lizard etc… We’ll video and narrate the event per your wishes to personalize it. 

Then, you can actually enjoy watching it happen on our social media page and share it with friends. Visit that page now for a sample. Just call us at (831)455-1901 to participate. A fun, educational and unique way to help support our efforts, our animals and our zoo. Want to donate without participating in this event? Simply go to our DONATE PAGE where you can make a contribution and learn about how your help is benefiting the animals and our community so very much. 


Our annual ZOO GALA is typically held in late September, a VERY unique and exciting theme-party that includes a formal dinner, fine wine, spirits, live music & dancing, live and silent auctions and best of all, ANIMALS! Below are just some of the many theme’s we’ve enjoyed over the years. 

Our guests go ALL OUT when attending our theme-galas. The decor and attire is typically unmatched at any other event! 2019 was no exception.

This event has become so popular, it sells out to 300 lucky individuals very quickly. Always a special theme and décor, this event shares time and space with many of the “Wild Things” that call Monterey Zoo their home. Proceeds from this event support our elephant program for another year while helping forward the progress of our zoo project. Many have made this event a tradition in their lives and we hope you’ll do the same.

Go to our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/montereyzoo to see additional photos of this event.  We invite you to Like, Follow and Share our efforts.

Our sincere thanks and a parting thought to our guests who attended the evening.

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.

Past Events


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

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$35 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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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