Educational Programs

The Monterey Zoo offers a variety of educational presentations that can be enjoyed at our facility, and some that can be brought to your school or event. Presentations done at the zoo include a far greater number of animals. These are fun, safe, and educational lectures and demonstrations that can be tailored to different age groups. Choose from the following:

My Pet Tiger is a realistic look at exotic animals as pets – from pet store birds and reptiles to lions, tigers, bears and elephants. Do they really make good pets?

My Backyard is a close look at animals native to North America. This presentation focuses on what we can do to co-exist with our animal neighbors.

Around the World is your chance to take a trip through several countries by meeting some of the animals indigenous to those countries. Learn how they adapt to their different environments and what we all can do to help assure the survival of those animals with conservation.

Discover the Rainforest focuses on unusual creatures from rainforests around the globe. Discover the uniqueness of these habitats and how we can help protect preserve them.



Duration: Presentations run between one to one and half hour.
Rate: Prices vary and are available upon request.

Contact our education department for more information:

Want to make your visit to the zoo even more exciting and educational for the kids? Download and bring the below appropriate Walking Animal Quiz for them to complete on their visit. All answers are located on our signage or in the animal habitats. Fun, interactive and  educational!

If you’re home schooling, be sure to ask if your visit together with our quiz fulfills any of your child’s school curriculum requirements. 

Answer Keys to each quiz can be obtained by parents at the zoo or by emailing our education department at:

Yet another fun way to enhance everyone’s zoo experience is to bring your mobile device (with headphones if possible) to scan the many QR-Codes we’ve placed throughout the zoo so you can watch a short video on the animals you’re seeing.


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.

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