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Monterey Zoo

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Closes in 24 min: 13:00 - 14:30
Open today: 13:00 - 14:30
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Visited as part of Vision Quest Ranch Experience

2* for existing conditions & 2* for the improvements underway. “Oz” area for large cats is really... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
Kimmey C
Nice, small zoo - different than other things in the area

The workers seemed engaged and interested in their work. We had a short guided tour of exhibits on... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2018
Anchorage, Alaska
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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...more
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Hours Today: 13:00 - 14:30
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400 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908-9627
+1 831-455-1901
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

I highly recommend the Monterey Zoo. It is small and you can get up close and personal with the animals. Check the times of operation before going and reserve 1 1/2 hours for the visit. Also, consider having an event there. They have a huge...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Vist2Prague1-19-2013
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

Stumbled upon these reviews to see if this zoo was still around. I came here years ago and I'm disappointed to see poor reviews. I've been to all the major zoos in southern CA, but this zoo was like no other. I always meant to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank meshelly555
Reviewed 27 August 2018

The Monterey Zoo has young attendants with first hand knowledge of the animals they have you meet on the tour. At the end of the tour (if you've paid the few extra dollars per person) you can hand feed carrots to elephants separated from you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Delores C
FromOurManagement, Owner at Monterey Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

We are sadly baffled as to why this individual rated our efforts with one star after authoring what we consider a very positive review. We fear it might have been an accident that unfortunately effects our overall score... Regardless, we will do our best to...More

Reviewed 15 August 2018

We were staying in Carmel and looking to escape some grey weather - so we headed to Salinas to the Monterey Zoo. And I'm so glad we did. Right now, the zoo is under construction so you can only attend as part of a planned...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank MPG007
Reviewed 1 August 2018

2* for existing conditions & 2* for the improvements underway. “Oz” area for large cats is really nice, Zeus the lion is frisky, and Hobbs the tiger is beautiful & oh those HUGE paws he has. I appreciated the enclosures being clean, and ongoing construction...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Kimmey C
Reviewed 18 July 2018

This zoo only has tours at 1 pm and 3 pm during the summer. We made it to the 1 pm even though we were a couple minutes late. The tour guides were very informative and had a lot of interest facts to share with...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 417lorenaf
Reviewed 14 July 2018

had a wonderful experience up close and personal to the elephants., animals well cared for and well fed, seemed happy. the tent cabinets were comfortable. However upon arrival we were told that the elephants do not deliver breakfast to your cabin. although I had made...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Karen H
FromOurManagement, Owner at Monterey Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2018

The laws in California pertaining to our elephant's ability to physically travel to the bungalows changed in January of 2018. We notified everyone with reservations then. Notifying every reservation seven months later would be difficult if not impossible and it seems a bit unreasonable... especially...More

Reviewed 1 July 2018

The workers seemed engaged and interested in their work. We had a short guided tour of exhibits on the lower level, including mountain lions, a bob cat, a hyena, and many more. Our guide, Jordy, was knowledgeable about the animals and their origins and did...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank SubarcticHomebody
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

First of all, the Monterey Zoo is in Salinas, which is an easy, 30-minute drive inland from the city of Monterey. It’s important to know the origins of the zoo in order to understand its facilities and its strengths and weaknesses. The zoo began as...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank AvivaVaughnAuthor
Reviewed 22 June 2018

The cages were small, however the animals were all out. Highly recommend the extra fee to feed the elephant. Well worth it. Would love to see this place once they get a little more experience and a few more exhibits.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank mnmf93
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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.