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Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
3.8/5 based on 85 reviews on the web
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  • Small walk through area with 6-7 total outdoor animal enclosures/habitats. It is attached to a larger park and green space. 
  • Charles Paddock Zoo is very small, which means you get round it very quickly, there aren’t that many animals and the enclosures are a bit on the tight side. None of that’s a great problem, as we weren...  read more »
  • This is a wonderful zoo that is located a ways from other zoos. They have several special animals and the zoo size is nice for a few hours of viewing. The zoo is located in a park, so a family can mak...  read more »
  • A small but good teaching experience zoo for young children. My only complaint is the very small enclosures for the "wild" animals such as the Tiger, etc. Some animals probably don't mind (like the large tortoises) but the free roaming, more intelligent creatures certainly DO. The enclosures smack of the old, cramped and thoughtless style zoo's designed to entertain humans but are like prison's to the animals. In today's age when we are a more thoughtful, empathetic global society it is sad to still see these types of "zoo's". I think the Charles Paddock Zoo should improve their larger animal enclosures or rehome the Tiger and other larger animals.
  • Small zoo. It shouldn't take more than an hour to walk through and see everything. Next to a nice playground for the kiddos.
  • The Charles Paddock Zoo covers five acres in Atascadero Lake Park. It has an excellent animal collection for a zoo of its size. Notable species include flamingos, meerkats, lemurs, red pandas, and a tiger. In fact, every continent, except Antarctica, is represented by the animals on exhibit. Charles Paddock Zoo is currently in the process of updating their outdated enclosures and building towards their master plan. Construction has already been completed on a new entrance area, featuring a gift shop and a new home for the flamingos. This small zoo is generally not very crowded and has a peaceful atmosphere, making it a wonderful place for families to spend an hour or two.
  • Very small, but a few great animals. Perfect for small kids to run around freely without risk of getting lost.
  • Pretty small, you only walk one way. The park is nice too. A nice stop if you're headed to Morro Bay or back home.
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