Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Located just off of Highway 41 within the beautiful Atascadero Lake Park in Atascadero, the Charles Paddock Zoo is the only zoo on the Central Coast. With over one hundred animals, the zoo aims to provide a natural habitat for its residents and provide activities for both children and adults – story hour, workshops and classes.
Charles Paddock Zoo was granted accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums independent accreditation commission.
“Only zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “The community should take great pride in knowing that the Charles Paddock Zoo is a proven leader in the care and conservation of wildlife, and in inspiring people to take action to protect the natural world.”
To be accredited, the Charles Paddock Zoo underwent a thorough review to ensure it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards, which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the Association.
The accreditation process includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals. The inspecting team observes all aspects of the institution’s operation.
As part of this prestigious group, the Charles Paddock Zoo is part of worldwide efforts to rejuvenate various species and has a number of SSP animals on display including a red ruffed lemur, black-handed spider monkey, red panda and a tiger.
The Charles Paddock Zoo, located at 9100 Morro Road, just off Highway 41 in Atascadero, is open daily; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call (805) 461-5080 or visit charlespaddockzoo.org for more information and upcoming events.