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Please Note: All people in the photos of this website who appear to be in full contact with large exotic cats are in fact  professional trainers and handlers who dedicate their lives to achieving such activities safely and humanely.

Located on the

Vision Quest Ranch

in Monterey County California

"Monterey Zoo" is dedicated to providing professionally & humanely trained wild/exotic & domestic birds and animals for film, television, live productions, education and much much more. Monterey Zoo takes great pride in offering sanctuary to many animals that can no longer participate in entertainment or would otherwise not have a home or family.

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We've adopted many of our animals from situations that were less than ideal for their health and well-being. We have found ways to share them with others on our tours and educational programs that we feel are fun, safe and rewarding to all - especially the animals.

We invite you to tour our website to discover all the exciting ways you can visit and learn about our animals and our facility.

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

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Gift Certificates available. IMAGINE giving your loved one a SAFARI for a wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation or Christmas gift... The perfect gift for the animal lover in your life!!!

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Click here to go directly to the Oxton Kennels Information page...

Be sure to keep scrolling down for much more info.

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Click here to go directly to the Safari Bed & Breakfast Information page.. .

Click here to go directly to the Education Information page... (En Espaņol )

Are you a frequent visitor to Monterey Zoo? Click here to learn how you can visit as often as you like in a year for one discounted fee... ( En Espaņol )

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Click left to see a YouTube video on our facility.

  A PROMISE MADE, A PROMISE KEPT, WE'RE BUILDING A ZOO!!!

IT'S A LONG STORY, CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Donate Now Please

Click here to make a Donation.

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Click here to learn about our

Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast

  And NOW Open to Kids 4yrs. and up. Be sure to check out our new Winter rates.

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***CLICK HERE TO MAKE RESERVATIONS ON LINE***

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Click here to learn about many custom "full contact" tour opportunities to include Butch's Bedtime and "BIG CAT" feeding opportunities...

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Click here and be sure to check out our wish list page to learn about how you can help us help them...

Click here to visit our new calendar page so you won't miss one of the exciting events happening at Monterey Zoo and Vision Quest Ranch

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PARENTS & KIDS, CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT OUR SUMMER SAFARI ADVENTURE CAMPS AND ROAR & SNORE SLEEP OVERS. COME JOIN THE FUN AND LEARN HANDS ON ABOUT THE ANIMALS.

 "Kids check it out": Another New way to  have fun  - Wild Things introduces our  Seasonal

"SAFARI CAMPS"

and

Roar & Snore Overnights

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Now available for your special event (weddings, corporate gatherings, fundraisers etc...). Check out our special events site...

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A "wild" new alternative to the typical hotel banquet or meeting facility...

NOW HAPPENING AT WILD THINGS - WILD ANIMAL TRAINING COURSES.

Fun, safe, exciting, and educational!.

A great investment in your future.

CLICK HERE TO SEE AND LEARN HOW YOU CAN DETERMINE IF THERE IS A CAREER IN ANIMALS FOR YOU.

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This is a program that we are most proud to be a part of. Click here to visit our EARS web site and learn much more about what we are doing to help the magnificent animals.

Be sure to check out our past annual fundraiser events. You won't want to miss the next one in May of 2016!

Mark Your Calendars!

May 20th 2017 is the next EARS &Monterey Zoo Gala! You won't want to miss it...

Click here for more info...

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Be sure to check out our Gift Shop page to learn about these incredible bronze projects that have been donated to EARS by artist JA Pippett and to learn how you can be one of only twenty to own one and help the elephant by doing so!!! Check out his awesome new EARS belt buckles. It's tax deductible!

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Also check out these beautiful paintings of our very own elephants of EARS by world renown Dutch artist, Andre Balyon and Monterey's very own Lynn Lupetti. More info is available at our EARS website.

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On July 7th, 2008 the Wild Things staff and family suffered one of its most difficult losses when Josef, it's founding animal passed away.Click here to learn more about Josef and why  Wild Things would not exist today without him. Enjoy a photo tour of his wonderful life and achievements.

Click on the links RIGHT for more info and much deserved tributes to a few other very special friend we've lost along the way.

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Click below for a special tribute to a very special friend,

Mr. Steve Irwin  ~ The Crocodile Hunter.

*Employment Opportunities*

Oxton Kennels - Wild Things

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Wild Things Animal Rentals Inc.

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

call us at (800) 228-7382

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