All of our vultures and birds of prey are non-releasable birds that have suffered injuries in life. They are all are part of our education programs and private tours. Plans are underway for a wonderful new exhibit soon that will give our birds much more space and the ability be seen by many more who visit the zoo.

Vulture is the name given to two groups of scavenging birds of prey: the New World vultures including the Californian and Andean condors, and the Old World vultures, including the birds known for scavenging on carcasses of dead animals on the African plains. A recent study found that of the 22 culture species, nine are critically endangered.

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