ATASCADERO — The City of Atascadero and Charles Paddock Zoo is offering a unique way to show your true affection for the one you love this Valentine’s Day with Adopt-A-Cockroach! 

Now, through Monday, Feb. 15, the Paddock Zoo has that special gift for someone in your life who is either very hard to shop for or who might be the perfect person who would love to receive their very own cockroach! 

Adopt a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach from the Zoo as a new and fun way to express your love, or perhaps lack thereof! 

The Hissing Cockroaches are only $5; each recipient will receive an official Certificate of Adoption that will include the special Valentine’s name to present to them this year for Valentine’s Day. 


Then on Feb. 14, participates are encouraged to tune in to the Charles Paddock Zoo social media to watch the meerkats enjoy some of the adopted cockroaches for a very special treat!

For this truly distinctive Valentine gift, visit 


The Charles Paddock Zoo is open Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please remember that masks are required, and we have plenty of social distancing space available since the Zoo is primarily outdoors. We also have virtual programs available via our website, including educational videos, Zoo field trips, Zoo Guest, and Zoo parties. 

The Charles Paddock Zoo is the only Zoo on the Central Coast. It is home to hundreds of species from all over the world, including red pandas, monkeys, meerkats, parrots, a Malayan Tiger, a variety of reptiles nlyand much more. The Charles Paddock Zoo is located next to Atascadero Lake Park at Highway 41/ Morro Road and one mile west of Highway 101. 

To learn more about the Charles Paddock Zoo, please visit our website at or call us at (805)461-5080.