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“Well Maintained, Educational and Fun Zoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Wild Things

Wild Things
Ranked #4 of 29 things to do in Salinas
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Owner description: Take a Walk on the Wild Side! Visit Wild Things exotic animal facility and see a collection of over 100 animals.
California City, California
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174 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Well Maintained, Educational and Fun Zoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2013

Wild Things is a small zoo, now called the Monterey Zoo, that houses a variety of different wild animals, the most majestic of which is a beautiful male lion

The tours (which start daily at 1pm and cost $10) through this well maintained, nicely lanscaped facility run about an hour.

They are led by one of the animal trainers and are educational and a lot of fun because you are close to the animals - probably the reason that they offer only guided tours(and why you have to stay with your group.)

They offer all kinds of special tours and events. Great place for young and odl.

Pay the extra $5 and have a "Meet & Greet" with the elephants at the end and you'll get to feed them carrots.

Visited November 2013
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DIVA013ANDRB
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“Moksha and Doc and Butch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

All the animals are stars but the 3 above know it!! They are darling and the tour is informative if you are lucky enough to get Fred or Amber. Also don't miss feeding the elephants at the end.. How often would you get to do that for 5.00???

Visited November 2013
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Folsom, California, United States
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123 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

This place is great fun. It's a small property with lots of great animals to see. They give a tour at 1pm each day. The tour lasts about an hour. You can pay an additional fee to hand feed the elephants at the end of the tour and I would highly recommend it. They are in the process of expanding the property and becoming an actual zoo.

Visited November 2013
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2 Thank Marino C
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Salinas, California
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33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great place to take children”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

The animals are very well cared for and some are extremely friendly. The owners take great pride in their refuge and enjoy sharing it with school groups, families and visitors.
They put on various events and the overnight stay is a wonderful close up experience.
Do take children there, where it is not a zoo atmosphere, but rather a refuge for wild
animals to learn about and see up close.

Visited April 2013
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Tenerife, Spain
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66 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great Day Out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

Hi this is not a zoo, yes it does have wild animals, tigers , monkeys , elephants Lions, and off spring from the above. but they are in some cases animals that were used in the film industry and are now retired or just living their lives out with a fantastic set up that realy care for them.

this gives you the opportunity have having a tour and your group leeader telling you all about the animals and how it all came about The Ranch.

We thought it was excellent value for money and for a little cost more get to feed the elephants which was a blast for my wife.

Go you will not be disappointed, something different

Visited October 2012
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