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Vision Quest Ranch in cooperation with Monterey Zoo offers the public several different opportunities to visit our facility, each with a different level of involvement.

   Click here for information on our Daily, Private and  V.I.P. tours .

Click here to learn about fun opportunities to enhance your B&B stay ...

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Guests on Monterey Zoo's "Very Important Animal Person" tour enjoy a 4 hour adventure while getting to know our animals in a personal and hands-on environment. The VIAP includes A close encounter and full contact with two more of our Wild Things as well as a hands on rhino experience! A catered deli style lunch with the staff is also provided. VIAP guests tour our facility 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, guests, state, federal and zoological assoc. laws and restrictions and zoo inventory. A fun, safe, educational experience and photo/video opportunity of a lifetime. Click here for more info or to book now...

PLEASE NOTE: The inclusion of elephants on this tour has been suspended as of July 31, 2021. It has be substituted with a hands-on experience with rhinos as of July of 2022. Monterey Zoo will resume our elephant experience when elephants are reintroduced to the Monterey Zoo Inventory.

A GREAT gift or stocking stuffer for the Holidays...

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CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE a gift certificate for any monetary amount.

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Monterey Zoo's Walk with the Animals tour is an all day experience that a true animal lover will never forget. It is the highest level of contact with the animals that we offer, catered and designed just for you! Spend as much time as possible with the animals you prefer (within the scope of regulations and safety considerations for both our guests and our animals). The day and the animals are dedicated to you for up to six hours! Your ultimate experience includes a catered continental breakfast and deli-lunch with a wine and cheese finale at the end of your unforgettable day! We will help send you off with unforgettable photos and videos and a custom embroidered shirt to commemorate a magical day spent on the Wild Side. This tour is best complemented with a stay in our Vision Quest Ranch-Safari Bed and Breakfast afterwards. Click Here for more info or to book now.

 Animals showcased on this tour vary depending on season, weather, trainers, guests, state, federal and zoological assoc. laws and restrictions and zoo inventory. A fun, safe, educational experience and photo/video opportunity of a lifetime. Click here for more info or to book now...

Click here to learn about fun opportunities to enhance your B&B stay to include "BIG CAT" feeding "RHINO BEDTIME" opportunities...

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Feeding time for the Big Cats at Monterey Zoo is one of the most exciting activities at the zoo, even for our volunteers and trainers and you can be a part of it! You will see first hand how instinctual behavior takes over, and why safety and training protocols are so critical. Crunch Time is fun, exciting and extremely educational. Tour times are announced daily but generally they happen between 4:30 and 5:00 PM, lasting 30 to 45 minutes. This is an awesome way to get close to and learn about the behaviors of these magnificent animals. Click Here for more info or to book now.

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Another day ending event that our keepers look forward to is putting Monterey Zoo's Rhino to bed. This involves separating them for the evening from their several habitat mates to include our zebra and water buffalo. Depending on the moods and hunger drive of all, this can take 30 minutes or perhaps an hour... but were there until its done and the longer it takes, the more exciting it can often be. You're invited to join us.

Once separated, you'll learn about the many ingredients that went into making our rhino facility the state of the art zoological facility it is for rhinos today as well as the conservation needs of rhinos. You'll learn how YOU can help the plight of this iconic and threatened/endangered species.               Click Here for more info or to book now.

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RYDABLES are an incredibly new FAMILY ADVENTURE, available now at the Monterey Zoo. CLICK HERE to learn much more about how you can enjoy this awesome new addition to your visit.

PLEASE NOTE: This activity is temporarily suspended however will resume shortly...

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400 River Road   Salinas, CA  93908      (831) 455-1901     Fax (831) 455-1902

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