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America's Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College

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7075 Campus Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021-1605
+1 805-378-1441
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A must see!

We are fortunate to see and experience up close how our educational system is working to teach both... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Ronald M
Moorpark, California
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Moorpark Zoo

As a close neighbor to this quaint little zoo, I recommend a visit for the entire family. The... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
Moorpark, California
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Voted "One of the top 100 things to do with kids before they grow up". While smaller than your typical zoo, kids are entranced by close-up interactions with the animals, their habitats, and behaviors. Located on the Moorpark College campus on 5 acres with over 150 animals. The zoo is run by students participating in the EATM program who are eager to share their knowledge of and affection for the animals.Open to the public Saturday's and Sunday's from 11AM-5PM. Wildlife education shows with live animals are offered at 12:00 and 2:00. At 3:30 the public can witness a carnivore feeding. The feeding could involve anything from an ocelot, mountain lion, hyena, alligator, or lioness and is accompanied by a discussion about the animal's diet and its behavior in the wild.
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7075 Campus Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021-1605
+1 805-378-1441
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We are fortunate to see and experience up close how our educational system is working to teach both the students and the visitors. I appreciate how the students of the teaching zoo are taking care of the animals and educating the common citizen about their...More

Thank Ronald M
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

As a close neighbor to this quaint little zoo, I recommend a visit for the entire family. The animals are well cared for, and the best part about it is that students at the college are doing the maintaining. By supporting this venue we are...More

Thank Hedike
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Just wandering through the zoo, many of the animals were inside their habitats, possibly due to warm weather. The wires on the cages are closely spaced, so somewhat difficult to see the animals and certainly hard to take pictures of them. Our 'Behind the Scenes'...More

1  Thank SMGrandma
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Admission price is cheap. I recommend spending more for the behind the scenes tour. You see more animals, see where and how the food is prepared and have a knowledgable student tour guide to give you the tour. Place is laid out, easy to follow....More

Thank Props555
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Our son and his wife wanted to take their 3 -year-old here for a weekend (Sunday afternoon) jaunt, and my wife & I said "Sure!" we'd come along. The zoo as a "ZOO" is not all that impressive, but, after all, it's the college's "teaching...More

Thank EwanderingMan
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We went to the teaching zoo as part of a birthday celebration four our god children. It was really well-organized and fun. The students running the show were great, informative and interesting. The kids loved it! There was an area set up with tables for...More

1  Thank Kim S
Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Don't come here expecting a traditional commercial zoo. It is a training facility and facilities and enclosures are fairly basic which can add to the appeal though some of the animals could do with larger enclosures. In saying that you get the impression the young...More

1  Thank David L
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Student at this Teaching Zoo, are just big kids having fun. here a place that you can go on your lunch time, with your family, with your classmates from school for a field trip. There are so many different types of Animals here. This...More

Thank Troutmaster1992
Reviewed 23 August 2016

My wife's cousin lived down the street from this amazing zoo when my kids were young and we went on average twice a year for a many years. It has only gotten better over time. It is a deeply cool animal experience. This is a...More

1  Thank Richard F
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Here is an opportunity for the Whole Family, Couples on a Date, or if you want to go by yourself on a Lunch Break. It is a great way to Relax and have a good time. Just Don't FEED the Animals. The Zoo is on...More

1  Thank David N
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3 March 2017|
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Response from Jennifer C | Property representative |
Admission: Adults $8.00, Children and Seniors $6.00, Under 2 Free. Cash or check only.
7 March 2016|
Response from Jennifer C | Property representative |
Hi! Please visit the teaching zoo's website and click on "Become A Student". All the info you could need is conveniently there!
Hi, I don't go to any zoo, circus, or aquarium, only sanctuaries that don't make their money by having wild animals do things like elephant rides in Thailand or painting with their trunks since I'm all too familiar with how a wild animal is taken, and broken into a lifetime of slavery. I am sure that you treat the animals in your care well, but before I bring my little grandson, I want to know how you get the animals in your care? And if you breed? I'm a little confused the the "Teaching Zoo" title. Does it teach how to train wild animals to perform, thus encouraging the circle of stealing them from their natural homes, and breaking their spirit? Even if that is not done by your facility, is your school encouraging that indirectly by training students to become professional handlers? Or do you rescue your animals from bad situations & try to give them a better life? Most of the animals I see online are not native to our wildlife, so my question really is, what value are you adding to an animal's life, before I introduce my 3 yr old grandson to yours. Thank you kindly.
7 March 2016|
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Response from Jennifer C | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in visiting America's Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College. The Teaching Zoo is a wonderful educational experience for "kids of all ages". Our spectacular animals come from varying backgrounds and... More