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Monterey Zoo

Features Animals
400 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908-9627
+1 831-455-1901
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Great place to see elephants

We booked a package here thru groupon and all four of us had a good time. We timed it to do the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rancho Cordova, California

Pictures in brochure are misleading. All the pictures of animals on leashes and on shoulders or... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
Sonora, California
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Take a Walk on the Wild Side! Visit Monterey Zoo and see a collection of over 100 animals as this zoo is fast becoming a premier Monterey Attraction. Currently under construction but still open daily for all to see the progress and hopefully help support this special effort to improve the quality of life for the animals and the community that enjoys them.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
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“big cats” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 13:00 - 14:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
400 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908-9627
+1 831-455-1901
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a package here thru groupon and all four of us had a good time. We timed it to do the tour at 1:00 and then were able to check in by 2:30 - 3:00. They then bring by a few animals on leashes...More

Thank Duker20
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Pictures in brochure are misleading. All the pictures of animals on leashes and on shoulders or around necks are not true. These are pictures of staff with the animals. Not guests. There are no snakes as in the advertisement. One monkey in a cage. You...More

Thank sandygreenberg
Reviewed 9 September 2017

We enjoyed seeing the animals and the tour guide teaching us about the animals. We paid $7 extra each to feed an elephant some carrots. That was fun. The cost of admission is $17 for adults and I think $14 for kids. In my opinion...More

Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 22 July 2017

What a fantastic investment of time and money! My son and I LOVED every detail of our stay. From the elephants that brought us a continental breakfast, to the silly monkeys hanging in our tent, to the loud roaring of the lions just outside our...More

1  Thank Amelia R
Reviewed 22 June 2017

I brought my 2 year old grandchild here and was sadly disappointed. The cost for admission was ridiculous and, I guess, the only way to view the animals is with a "guided tour." A two-year-old could care less about a guided tour. He quickly tired...More

3  Thank C L
FromOurManagement, Owner at Monterey Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

We regret that this individual felt our rules were policies were unfair and didn't apply to them however their dissertation is the very reason those rules are in place and our zero tolerance towards breaking the rules leads to our zero incident track record, proof...More

Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Lots fun and clamping tents with showers. Cools off evening . Wouldn't come in hottest mo year. We were here Jun 16. They have viewing area to see elephants and water buffalo and a zebra. You can pay extra and put elephants to bed and...More

Thank kayakPhil
Reviewed 12 June 2017

We were impressed with the clean, well cared for animals. The tour guild was interesting and answered all questions. We were told a little about each resident and each animal was respected, no pressure to disrupt the animals if they were sleeping or not interested...More

2  Thank Rebekajean
Reviewed 11 June 2017

We enjoyed our visit to this zoo/ sanctuary. Rusty our tour guide was very informative. We only saw animals who wanted to be seen. We paid extra to feed Butch the elephant carrots because I adore elephants. It is amazing to look up into the...More

1  Thank Donna T
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A while ago, Charles brought his lion, Joseph, to our TV show 'Touched by an Angel' and I got to take a picture with this beautiful lion....then Charles invited us to Wild Things and a tour....where we had a great time. Charles and Wild Things...More

1  Thank dennis l
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Came here with my teen daughter. Guide Rusty was very knowledgeable and nice. Explained different facts about the animals there. Lot of animals were in the TV /movie business and now retired. Staff there seemed to care a lot about the animals. Nice they are...More

3  Thank 1mom2004
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8 November 2017|
Response from FromOurManagement | Property representative |
We regret you feel that way but as many might be unaware one, our pricing reflects the minimum necessary to keep our facility running while offering our animals the quality of life they need and deserve. Our tours our staff... More
Rebecca M
3 September 2017|
Response from kayakPhil | Reviewed this property |
There all rescues or from circus or places where they couldn't stay . Great human place . Elephants have lots room in twice size football stadium and large barns at night you can feed them at night. Staff have degrees in... More
13 April 2017|
Response from FromOurManagement | Property representative |
We are although some exhibits and activities might be closed for the health and safety of the animals. It's all dependent upon how bad the weather is but we generally stop open rain or shine.