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Address: 400 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908-9627
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+1 831-455-1901

Take a Walk on the Wild Side! Visit Wild Things exotic animal facility and...

Take a Walk on the Wild Side! Visit Wild Things exotic animal facility and see a collection of over 100 animals.

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Give an Elephant a Bath...

Always wanted to interact with and feed an Elephant. Not many places that this is available in the U.S. not even in San Diego with our wonderful zoo. Soooo I researched and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always wanted to interact with and feed an Elephant. Not many places that this is available in the U.S. not even in San Diego with our wonderful zoo. Soooo I researched and found this little gem. All of the animals are rescues and they seem to know them have found animal nirvana. The keepers know each critter by name and... More 

Thank BernieRose
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this place! My boyfriend at the time proposed to me in the big cat bungalow. We had a fantastic time bathing and feeding the elephants! When family members visit we always make sure to bring them here!

Thank rebeccamat135
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Fun trip to take. It was a very cool experience and would recommend to others to go. Lots of animals and they are really trying to do what's best for each animal.

Thank Rene A
Sacramento, CA
Level Contributor
29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I took our 15 and 13 year old kids to the zoo for the tour. It lasted about an hour including the extra time for feeding the elephants (small fee). Our tour guide was friendly and informative and we were all impressed with the variety of animals on site. They have expansion plans for many of the... More 

2 Thank Linda L
London, United Kingdom
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256 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Monterey Zoo has some good animals and some well-meaning staff. But my wife and I were left with a sour taste in our mouths by the constant talk of animal welfare being at the centre of everything they do when 90% of the enclosures are sickeningly under sized. (Some big cats have, perhaps, twenty by six foot of space.) There... More 

5 Thank LDN_2009
FromOurManagement, Owner at Wild Things, responded to this review

It is not often that I (respectfully) respond to such criticism with as much vigor and disappointment as I do with this review but I am becoming increasingly disappointed by those who attack the very efforts being made to right the wrongs they do nothing more than complain about! This individual does just that as they clearly state how we... More 

Conway, New Hampshire
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

The Safari B & B with breakfast delivery by the elephants is not to be missed! We loved the raised tents, visit time with the animals and sounds of the lion in the night.

2 Thank FYoung06
Salinas, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

awesome for kids got to feed the elephants.. Pretty sure they have a tour at 1pm everyday. New tiger exhibit well worth a visit

Thank ccoop24u
Carmel, California, United States
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Charlie and his staff at Wild Things work miracles with their rescued animals. The elephants are healthy and happy with incredible accommodations. The big cats are more confined, but the attention they receive and loving kindness their tenders give makes all the difference. They are happy and playful. They also have some incredible places to stay if you contact them... More 

1 Thank Peter L
Los Angeles, California
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77 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

This is not actually a kind of zoo one would expect but a place of retirement for animals who were performers or no place to go. It is a not profit organization who are trying to provide a home for these animals. It's good to see it's residents healthy and happy. This place has a B and B where in... More 

3 Thank Maria2628
San Luis Obispo, California, United States
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77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

We had the best time here. There are a lot of animals and much to learn. We bought the VIP package and it was worth every penny. We had a more private tour got to wash Paula the Elephant (Elephants are really big when you stand beside one), hold a monkey, pose with two smaller cats, and have lunch with... More 

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