Mission Statement


FRIENDS OF THE CHARLES PADDOCK ZOO (FCPZ) was formed in February 2012 as a dedicated partner of the Charles Paddock Zoo.  FCPZ is committed to conservation, education and support of the Charles Paddock Zoo’s mission.
Our goals include:

  • Fundraising for Charles Paddock Zoo
  • Developing volunteerism
  • Promoting public participation and awareness
  • Enhancing  the visitor experience

Friends of the Charles Paddock Zoo are focused on bringing awareness to the valuable cultural asset the Zoo is to our community.  FCPZ is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit.  Therefore, donations, contributions and sponsorships are tax deductible.  Our Board of Directors is a 100% volunteer Board allowing us to dedicate funds directly to the Charles Paddock Zoo.   Your support is greatly appreciated and will allow us to continue our mission.

Board of Directors
Dr. Steve Robinson, President
Dr. Mark Edwards, Vice President
Ms. Lynda Steinbeck, Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Brian Yellin, Director
Mr. Brett Stearns, Director
Mr. Joe Mlnarik, Director

Charles Paddock Zoo - Atascadero, CA

Park Hours

Open 7 days a week
April 1 st – October 31 st:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

November 1 st – March 31 st:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Admission Prices

Adults 12 & over: $7.00

Children 3 to 11: $5.00

Seniors 65+: $6.00

Children 2 years & under — FREE


General Admission starting July 28, 2019

Adults 13 & over: $10.00

Children 5 to 12: $8.00

Children 3 to 4: $5.00

Seniors 65+: $9.00

Children 2 years & under — FREE

Our Location

Charles Paddock Zoo is located at 9100 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422

Contact Us

Phone: 805.461.5080

Email us at info@charlespaddockzoo.org



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