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America's Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College

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Address: 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, CA 93021
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+1 805-378-1441
11:00 - 17:00
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Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Voted "One of the top 100 things to do with kids before they grow...

Voted "One of the top 100 things to do with kids before they grow up". While smaller than your typical zoo, kids are entranced by close-up interactions with the animals, their habitats, and behaviors. Located on the Moorpark College campus on 5 acres with over 150 animals. The zoo is run by students participating in the EATM program who are eager to share their knowledge of and affection for the animals.Open to the public Saturday's and Sunday's from 11AM-5PM. Wildlife education shows with live animals are offered at 12:00 and 2:00. At 3:30 the public can witness a carnivore feeding. The feeding could involve anything from an ocelot, mountain lion, hyena, alligator, or lioness and is accompanied by a discussion about the animal's diet and its behavior in the wild.

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A Fun Place to Take a Toddler

Our son and his wife wanted to take their 3 -year-old here for a weekend (Sunday afternoon) jaunt, and my wife & I said "Sure!" we'd come along. The zoo as a "ZOO" is not all... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our son and his wife wanted to take their 3 -year-old here for a weekend (Sunday afternoon) jaunt, and my wife & I said "Sure!" we'd come along. The zoo as a "ZOO" is not all that impressive, but, after all, it's the college's "teaching zoo." The students do, however, put on a really nice "get acquainted with different animals"... More 

Thank EwanderingMan
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Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We went to the teaching zoo as part of a birthday celebration four our god children. It was really well-organized and fun. The students running the show were great, informative and interesting. The kids loved it! There was an area set up with tables for the food/ gifts. Not super expensive.

Thank Kim S
Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Don't come here expecting a traditional commercial zoo. It is a training facility and facilities and enclosures are fairly basic which can add to the appeal though some of the animals could do with larger enclosures. In saying that you get the impression the young trainees and staff give the animals lots of attention and stimulous and many get taken... More 

Thank David L
Moorpark, California
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Student at this Teaching Zoo, are just big kids having fun. here a place that you can go on your lunch time, with your family, with your classmates from school for a field trip. There are so many different types of Animals here. This is a place that is fun to take your lunch too and have a blast.

Thank Troutmaster1992
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

My wife's cousin lived down the street from this amazing zoo when my kids were young and we went on average twice a year for a many years. It has only gotten better over time. It is a deeply cool animal experience. This is a teaching institution as a part of Moorpark College. There are students of animal behavior working... More 

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Moorpark, California
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

Here is an opportunity for the Whole Family, Couples on a Date, or if you want to go by yourself on a Lunch Break. It is a great way to Relax and have a good time. Just Don't FEED the Animals. The Zoo is on the west part of the Campus.

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Moorpark, California
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

The variety of unique animals coupled with the knowledgeable students and teaching staff make this un-crowded zoo a must see.

Thank bfarrenkopf
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Reviewed 18 June 2016

GREAT place. It's on the pricey side, but it's usually offering a deal of some sort, so it's worth it. AND it's non profit so you can feel good about going there and helping out. No frills, but the shows are great and the trainers love the animals- that's easy to see.

manchester , england
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2016

what an unusual place; a zoo where the staff are learning to be zoo keepers; not a lot of animals but that is reflected in the admission cost; very knowledgeable staff cant do eneough to encourage younsters to experience the animals. Our biggest memory will be our 2 year old granddaughter petting the black faced dheep on a tether with... More 

Thank bobbybill1945
Gainesville, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 10 April 2016

The students are very educated, the animals are well cared for and its fun for all ages. Their behind the scenes are right out front for everyone!

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