VIAP Tours

VIAP Tours

One of Our Most Popular Adventures!

Guests on our “Very Important Animal Person” Tour enjoy an adventure, approx. 3 hrs. long, while getting to know our animals in a personal and hands-on environment. The VIAP includes a close and full contact encounter with FOUR of our “Wild Things.” A catered deli style lunch with the keepers is also provided.

VIAP guests take a look behind the scenes as a private group, not with the general public. These tours are on a first come, first serve basis and made by reservation only. Animals showcased on this tour vary depending on season, weather, trainers, and guests. A fun, safe, educational experience and photo/video opportunity of a lifetime. Allow the animals to explain how deserving they and their wild counter parts are of your care and support. Few present our conservation message better.

We are open 7 days a week – including most holidays except: We are closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. (Reservation cancelations for this tour must happen 7-days prior to booking date – no exceptions for any reasons as we incur expenses at this time.  Donation letters are available to those unable to utilize their booking.)

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Note: After 7/31/2021, the elephant portion of this activity will be discontinued and replaced with alternative interactions with other Monterey Zoo ambassador animals.

Admission

$575.00 for one or two people
$240.00 for each additional guest

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$50.00 discount off of the total tour cost for our Bed and Breakfast guests.

Hours

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

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Admission

Daily 
$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