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“Cozy zoo with unique animals in reachable distance”

Charles Paddock Zoo
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Atascadero
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Relaxing non rushed experience there with less crowd and unique animals. You can cover the entire zoo in less than 45 mins so this is good and bad depending on what you are looking for. The animals are accessible more closer so great option to show it to kids. Few animals like Red panda, alpaca, lemurs, Wallaby, Emu, unique monkeys, unique badgers were something which i have not seen elsewhere. Considering the cheaper admission price, i think it was worth a visit for this small zoo

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Reviewed 5 August 2016

What a great little zoo. With exception to the front desk staff, the staff were friendly, explaining feeding procedures, animal habits, and allowing my children to pick places to put food for the Fossa in its enclosure. To clarify, my kids were on the outside of the enclosure, the staff was on the inside. The Red Pandas are THE definition of Adorbz! Adorable! Go! Visit now! Get to the choppa! The price of admission was totally worth it just for the Red Pandas alone. Almost everything else was icing on the cake: the Fossa, the Lemurs, the Hedgehog . . . The vulture was disturbing but that's not his fault.

Thank Anthony M
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

I enjoy visiting small town attractions such as the zoo in Atascadero. While it obviously can't compete with the major metropolitan zoos it still had quite a lot to offer in a very relaxed atmosphere. If you have an hour or two to spare when passing through Atascadero give the zoo a visit. I believe you'll enjoy it.

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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Lots of improvements have been made, and overall is a great atmosphere. Nice exhibits, summer camp programs look cool.

Thank Spencer H
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Reviewed 4 July 2016

We a little disappointed by the overall selection of animals, which for the most part are small animals. However the grounds are nicely laid out, and well maintained, and the cages kept in good condition, and the animals look healthy and the habitats seem to be decent size for each animal based on their size. We took two of the grandkids to see the animals and they were pleased with what they saw. As adults, was expecting a few more larger or exotic animals. Also the day we went was almost 100 degrees so most of the smart animals were hiding in the shade. Overall good from small children, but older (10 yrs +) probably would not enjoy as much, as they will want to see more, larger, and more exotic animals.

Thank Rod B
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