Don't want to drive 45 minutes to the nearest zoo? Well then, stop by local Moorpark College to visit the student-run America's Teaching Zoo.
This five acre zoo housing nearly 200 exotic animals is part of the college's Exotic Animal Training and Management Program and is open each weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays). This interesting collection has included all sorts of animals, like alligators, geckos, elephants, emus, tigers, camels, snakes, ocelots and more. Animal show times at 12:00 and 2:00 and animal demonstrations from 3:30-4 p.m.
Students in the program are required to work most days and weekends. For a truly unique wild animal experience, stop by and check it out. Don't expect anything fancy. This is a very low key place, but lots of fun as it is usually not very crowded and you can get really close to the animals. This huge Galapagos Tortoise is Clarence. Learn more about him here.
The zoo is open on weekends with an admission fee of $8 for adults and $6 for kids and seniors (checks and cash only). Under age 2 is free.
Visit zoo.moorparkcollege.edu or call 805.378.1441 for more information.
The Zoo is located at 7075 Campus Road in Moorpark. Take the 101 North to the 23 North to the 118 East. Exit Collins and turn left at the stop sign. Go through 2 stoplights and turn right into the 2nd entrance past the stoplights. Turn right in the parking lot and continue up the short hill to the right.