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Address: 400 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908-9627
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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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Great place to take kids

We took our grandson to wild thing, the tour was excellent a lot of good information about all the animals easy to understand for younger children, highlight was feeding the... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2014
Eveline C
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Salinas, California
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Novato, California
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2014

I didn't realize TripAdvisor had 2 listings for this terrific place where we visited during the weekend of November 15/16, 2014. Please see my review of "Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast." I wish I could post photos, but I can't upload them from my phone or tablet. Regardless, photos don't compare to the amazing experience!

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Thank Steven S
Eastvale, California
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2014 via mobile

Truly awesome experience. Seeing animals up close and personal, learning about them, and seeing how much staff truly cares about animals. I highly recommend doing private tour, elephant bath, feeding the big cats, and elephant bedtime. It's really a surreal experience to see an elephant, lion, and tiger this close.

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Thank Bvaldez182
Salinas, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2014

We took our grandson to wild thing, the tour was excellent a lot of good information about all the animals easy to understand for younger children, highlight was feeding the elephants carrots. Good gift shop. Staff was very professional .

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Thank Eveline C
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2014

Take your family to Wild Things and see all the animals happy and playful Very large Elephant reserve Special needs and food requirements. They also rent the facility for special events and have caterers available. Christmas is very special with Santa and his reindeer. Christmas lights, hot cider and cookies Go and enjoy

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1 Thank Carol D
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2014

This place is a total ripoff. My dealings with the staff were a nightmare. I had a very unpleseant experience and then they had the nerve to solicit donations from me after the fact.

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7 Thank Sarah H
Santa Cruz, California
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2014

So many people are commenting on the small cages, and yes, the cages are small. However, the Monterey Zoo is currently working on plans to create larger spaces for the animals. It is sad, but I think the zoo is just doing what it can.

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1 Thank PLJ10
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2014

July 14th 2014 A very disappointing experience for 6 of us who drove from Berkeley to celebrate a birthday at Wild Things. Arriving at 4:50 p. m. we waited until 5:30 to commence the tour (“There will be someone here to get you” every 10 minutes at each new inquiry); and then were back on the road to return home... More 

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4 Thank Kathleen H
Pacific Grove, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014

They advertise that they are practically like a wild animal park, so I had a vision of animals roaming free. Well, they are in cages, and in some cases, much smaller cages than they would be in in a zoo. I understand that they are saving old zoo and entertainment animals, but they should make good on their word and... More 

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7 Thank NatalieGray
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17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014

I'm spoiled by the San Diego zoo. This place was just sad and the workers ushered us quickly from animal to animal that were mostly purchased from out of state breeders. I will not go back!

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3 Thank Katlinashley
Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2014

Please do not listen to the poor reviewers as they missed the point of this zoo completely. A good percentage of the animals in this zoo are a combination of abandoned or neglected animals that have been taken in to spare their lives from being destroyed. I have never seen happier animals in a zoo in my entire life. I... More 

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