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.Plan to visit Charles Paddock Zoo and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Atascadero attractions using our Atascadero planner.
Accredited since 1991, the zoo is one of the smallest zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
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We were staying in this town unexpectedly due to a car breakdown on a trip. We made the most of our day by checking out this zoo. It was a nice surprise to find it here. A small zoo, but the animals..... more
We were staying in this town unexpectedly due to a car breakdown on a trip. We made the most of our day by checking out this zoo. It was a nice surprise to find it here. A small zoo, but the animals..... more »
Such a cute little zoo. Took my son for his birthday and he loved it! It’s definitely the perfect size to get a toddler tired. I have been coming here since I was younger and it has changed in many ways. Love the red panda exhibit. Adult admission was reasonable for the size of this zoo. Theres plenty of parking and a near by park.
A very well run, relatively small zoo. You can get through the whole thing in less than an hour. They have animals that you don't see in most other zoos and the workers are very knowledgeable and ready to answer questions and excite kids! Great way to use an hour in the fresh air and bright sunshine!
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