America's Teaching Zoo is the hand-on classroom for the Exotic Animal Training and Management students AND a community attraction in a beautiful hilltop setting. To meet our animal ambassadors in person...

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Please be advised, tickets to enter the zoo need to be purchased BEFORE coming to the zoo. No tickets will be sold at the gate.


Weekday Field Trips are back!

Enhance your students’ learning with a field trip where the Zoo is your living classroom! Field trips to America's Teaching Zoo can be used to reinforce any science concepts you may be teaching in the classroom and our presentations support the NGSS adopted by the State of California. Science can be fun, especially when live animals are involved!

sugar glider and student

We offer field trips four days per week at 10:30 am. The presentation lasts approximately 30 minutes and is followed by a tour of the zoo. We station our students at all the major exhibits with touchable items that will allow your students  hands-on opportunities. You have 45 minutes after your presentation to explore the zoo at your own pace.

The field trip fee is $5 per person and teachers are free.

Teachers can also book a preview visit to the zoo and meet with one of our professional educators to make the most of their visit.* 

To reserve your trip click link to start the adventure!


*To book a teacher preview visit please email


Weekend Parties At The Zoo

Looking for a unique party experience? America’s Teaching Zoo is the perfect choice for an unforgettable special event. The zoo offers a convenient event space, fun live animal presentation, all honoring the birthday child! There are two different levels available to accommodate your party needs. Both packages are available on Saturdays or Sundays excluding special event weekends.

Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Serval - African Cat

"Party Animal Package" - $450

Party Time of 10:00am to 1:00PM

• Free admission to the Zoo for family and up to 60 guests
• Private 30 minute presentation honoring your birthday child
• Presentation begins at 10:30 am
• Reserved, shaded picnic area
• 2-six foot serving tables
• 8-eight foot picnic tables and two pre-school height picnic tables
• Large commercial sink, electricity and two refrigerators

Reserve Your "Party Animal" Package

"Afternoon with the Animals" Package - $350

Party Time of 2:00pm to 4:30pm

• Free admission to the Zoo for family and up to 60 guests
• 30 minute presentation honoring your birthday child
• Presentation begins at 2:30 pm
*Please note that other Zoo Guests will be attending this show as well
• 2-six foot serving tables
• Reserved, shaded picnic area
• 8-eight foot picnic tables and two pre-school height picnic tables
• Large commercial sink, electricity and two refrigerators

Reserve Your "Afternoon with the Animals" Package

Birthday Fun in the Picnic Area


Join in Zoo Fun all Year Long
Become a Zoo Member!

Your membership directly supports the zoo by helping to pay for the cost of maintaining the animal collection at the highest standards possible. It helps to fund new exhibit construction, and further educate our students and the public.

It also allows you to come to the zoo anytime we are open FOR FREE  as well as discounted admission for all special event weekends. You will also receive discounts on summer camp registration and priority notification for special events.

We all share the responsibility of preserving the planet's wildlife. The greatest benefit you will enjoy by becoming a member is the knowledge that you are helping to make a difference to the future of wildlife and wild places.


Ira's Kingdom is OPEN!

Ira is enjoying sunny days relaxing on his huge rock sun deck while watching visitors stroll by. 
Come and see Ira in his new lion's den!  Saturday and Sunday from 11-5

Click link for zoo tickets

Contact us to find out more!
General contact: Kris Romero
Media contact: Mara Rodriguez


Get an inside look at Ira’s new enclosure, Ira’s Kingdom! Featuring #Moorpark’s #Pride Rock at America’s Teaching #Zoo. Set to open this Fall, come and visit, and come and grow with us. WATCH NOW


Recent News

See Recent News for recent articles and news events about America's Teaching Zoo and the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program

NEW at the ZOO

  • Hamadryas Baboons
  • Squirrel monkeys
  • Hyena
  • Gibbon
  • Lady Ross turacos
  • Black Crested Mangabey

Moorpark College is committed to providing an equal opportunity to students, employees, and the public, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status.  Please call (805) 378-1403 or see the catalog for more detail.

Large lion laying on Zoo grounds looking at camera