Holiday Magic is back at Charles Paddock Zoo

Come see the animals get treats on Dec. 15 (Contributed photo)

ATASCADERO — The holiday season is upon us and the zookeepers have stepped in as Santa’s Elves to prepare gifts for the animals for the Central Coast’s only Zoo. Santa will be at the Zoo on Saturday, Dec. 15, to help welcome visitors and deliver gifts to the animals. Come join Santa and the staff for some Holiday Magic at the Charles Paddock Zoo to enjoy the festivities.
Holiday Magic is a time to visit the Zoo and the events of the day are included with regular admission. Over 200 animals call the Charles Paddock Zoo home, including red pandas, monkeys, meerkats, parrots, a Malayan Tiger, a variety of reptiles and more.
Scheduled gift delivery begins at 10:15 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. Gifts will be delivered to the animals during this time along with activities for the entire family throughout the day. New this year is a strolling magician to engage all ages. The Zoo is dressed up with holiday decorations, so come celebrate the season with the Charles Paddock Zoo. See how the animals tear into their gifts from the meerkats to the monkeys to the tiger. Following is the Holiday Magic gift-giving schedule:
10:15 a.m. - Meerkats
10:35 a.m. - Giant Anteater
10:55 a.m. - Aldabra Tortoises
11:35 a.m. - Fossa
11:55 a.m. - Spider Monkey
12:15 p.m. - Lemurs
12:35 p.m. - Fisher
12:55 p.m. - Tiger
1:15 p.m. - Marmosets
1:35 p.m. - Bat-Eared Foxes
1:55 p.m. - Wallabies
Zoo officials say that all of their animals made the nice list this year and Santa has become overwhelmed with their wish list. If you are interested in helping Santa with the animal wish list and make sure the Zoo’s critters have an extra special holiday, go to the following link to see the variety of Charles Paddock Zoo Enrichment items the animals enjoy: or  They thank you in advance for your support.
The Zoo, would not be able to have this event without their sponsors — State Farm Insurance John Donavan and Pacific Premier Bank.
The Charles Paddock Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Regular admission is $7 for adults 12 and over, $5 for children 3-11, 2 years old and younger are free and seniors 65 and older are $6. For more information about the Zoo, visit their website at


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