Crunch Time

Crunch Time

Dinner Time at the Zoo

Feeding time for our “Big Cats” is one of the most exciting activities at the zoo, even for our volunteers and trainers –and you can be a part of it! You will see first hand how instinctual behavior takes over, and why safety and training protocols are so critical. Crunch Time is fun, exciting and educational. Tour times are announced daily but generally they happen between 4:15 and 5:15 PM, lasting 30 to 45 minutes. It’s an awesome way to get close and to learn about the behaviors of these magnificent animals. This activity (as depicted) happens behind the scenes in our tiger’s secure night quarters, attached to their much larger daytime habitat.)

We are open 7 days a week – including most holidays  except: We are closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Children must be 4 years of age or older to attend this tour. For the health and comfort of the animals, strollers are not allowed on this tour.

Click here to book now!    (Please note that these tickets are limited therefore once purchased on line, they are absolutely not refundable or useable on an alternative date – for any reason – so it you are at all unsure of your schedule or timing, the same tickets are available in our gift-shop lobby they day of the event. Feel free to call prior to arriving to check availability. Donation letters are available to those unable to utilize tickets purchased on-line.)


$35/person for B&B guests

$70/person for Crunch Time – Bedtime Combo Tour

$60/person for Crunch Time – Bedtime Combo Tour for B&B guests

Tickets available in our Zoo Gift-Shop during Open Hours or just prior to the start of our tours at 4:30PM.


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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