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.

For those interested, we invite you to click here to view a PDF Newsletter – June 2021 to bring you up to speed on our concerns, our efforts and the hopeful future of Monterey Zoo.

Past Newsletters:  PDF Newsletter Oct.2020 

After having to forego our 2020 Gala, we are very happy to announce that we WILL be hosting our Annual Zoo Fundraising Gala on September 25th, 2021 at the Vision Quest Ranch in Salinas ~ Monterey County.

If you’ve attended one of our past galas, you’re already aware of what a unique and magic evening this is with fine dining, award winning wines, spirits, live and silent auctions, entertainment and best of all, ANIMALS!

This is a semi-formal themed event with this year’s theme being “CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER”, because if EVER we all needed Christmas to come a little early, it’s this year!!! 

Unfortunately (but gratefully), if you’ve not already reserved your seats, this event is sold out as we’ve limited our attendance to address COVID19, enabling us to practice a bit more distant and healthy protocol. But many have asked that we post our incredible LIVE AUCTION list to enable them to bid on these items without being in attendance…. So by CLICKING HERE, you can view our live auction list and give us a call at (831)455-1901 to place your maximum bid on any of the our live auction items and we’ll be sure to recognize your bid as the high bid that evening. Bids must arrive prior to the morning of 9/25/2021.

 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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$35.25 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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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.

Vision Quest Ranch

Contact Info

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