The mission of the Charles Paddock Zoo is to provide an educational resource for wildlife awareness and conservation, and an enriched recreational experience for the residents and visitors of the California Central Coast. The purpose of the Charles Paddock Zoo is to serve as a high quality community facility dedicated to the care of a variety of animals; and that this be accomplished in a publicly accessible and informative manner to promote a general appreciation of the special diversity of our planet's life forms. The zoo's goals include conservation, recreation, and scientific studies.
The Charles Paddock Zoo is the ONLY Zoo on the Central Coast and is home to hundreds of species from all over the world. We have numerous animals that are part of globally managed programs to preserve animals and their habitats. If you want to engage with some of the rarest animals in the world in a safe and respectful environment then visit us often!