America's Teaching Zoo
Price of admission: Admission is $5 for Adults, $4 for Children & Seniors.
Website - (805) 378-1441
Hours of Operations: Open every weekend from 11am to 5pm.
The Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Program was established as a major at Moorpark College in 1974. Bill "Briz" Brisby, a Professor at Moorpark College, started the program with one animal - "Kiska", the wolf. Additional animals were slowly added, and the "Lower Compound" was constructed (located near the current football stadium), to house all the animals. This first compound was quite dusty, had no landscaping, and would flood in the rains. As the college made more of a committment to the program, a new location was found.
In 1990, the EATM Compound was moved to its current location, on a 5 acre site overlooking all of the Moorpark College campus. Animal enclosures were built, and new ones are continuously being constructed. The animal collection has gradually increased over the years as animals were acquired through donations and breeding loans from major zoos and research centers. This extraordinary collection has included exotic animals ranging from Marmosets to an Asian Elephant, Leopard Geckos to Alligators, Turacos to Emus. We currently have a Bengal Tiger, African Lioness, Spotted Hyena, Mountain Lions, a California Sea Lion, a wide variety of Primates, Birds, and many, many other exotic and endangered animals. We also have quite a few camels, and a baby usually every Spring!
As the animal collection grew, so did the program. New courses were developed and enrollment increased. The present animal collection, is maintained on a five-acre facility on the Moorpark College campus called "America's Teaching Zoo".