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 very cozy park that can be toured in about 90 minutes. If you take the time to look at the exhibits and find the animals, you will find almost all of them very interesting. People are.....  more »
  • We stumbled into this zoo and we are very glad we did. It's small and it has many small animals, many of which I hadn't seen before. Th Red Pandas were gorgeous, I would have spent the day looking at....  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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.
  • All zoo, but we'll kept, and plenty of parking. It is next to a small man made lake and a nice little park very shady on hot days. It is a nice place to take young children for their first visit to a Zoo. Take a lunch and drinks, and take bathing suits for you and the kids and make it a fun day for the whole family!!
  • Fun and family friendly. Only thing is that's its not very big. Took the niece and walked the park in under an hour. She was more interested in going to the park right outside the zoo. The park is nice and the lake is gorgeous. Plus paddle boats are fun.
  • Fun place, for kids especially. Volunteers were very enthusiastic and presented info about animals in interesting way. Not a very big zoo. Lot of space outside the zoo for kids to play and run around.

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