Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero

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Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
The Charles Paddock Zoo is a small 5-acre (2.0 ha) community zoo located in San Luis Obispo County, California, in the City of Atascadero, California. It is the only zoo in the Central Coast area of that U.S. state. It is also home to a male Malayan tiger named Menderu.

Accredited since 1991, the zoo is one of the smallest zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
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  • This is a small but well laid out zoo where you can spend about an hour. My kids and I loved seeing the flamingos, lemurs, and gorgeous macaws. Some of the enclosures did feel a bit small for the...  more »
  • Come by here once a year on way to San Luis Obispo. The Zoo is always changing and improving. They have a new Red Panda exhibit and the Prehensile Porcupines have a new out of cage habitat.  more »
  • A small, but very good zoo. I believe they said they were the smallest accredited zoo in the nation. You can experience the whole zoo in about 2 hours. The zoo is clean and well kept. Zoo staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The animals are clearly well cared for. I got there at opening and the magnificent Malayan Tiger was active. He was playing with the pool of water in his enclosure and was taking a curious interest in the people watching him. The have a nice red panda exhibit to and serval other mammals, primates, reptiles and birds. Certainly worth seeing.
  • Small but great! Some really cool animals and beautiful well maintained habitats. Not over crowded like the big zoo's. You dont have polar bears or rhinos but there is a tiger, red pandas and some other really cool animals. Great time and well worth it. Paid $19 for 2 adults and 1 child.

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