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Valentine Adopt-a-Cockroach!

February 7, 2022 - February 15, 2022

Charles Paddock Zoo presents Valentine Adopt-a-Cockroach!


Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Charles Paddock Zoo is offering a unique way to show your true affection, with Adopt-A-Cockroach!

Through Tuesday, February 15th, you can give that special someone in your life who is either very hard to shop for, or who might just be the perfect person 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!

For only $7, you will receive an official Certificate of Adoption that will include your special Valentine’s name, to give them this year for Valentine’s Day.  Then, you can stop by the zoo on February 12th at 10:30 am to watch our meerkats enjoying some of the adopted cockroaches, for a very special treat!

For this truly distinctive Valentine gift, go to

This year, you may also add an extra special touch to your Valentine's Day gifting: a special Cockroach T-shirt to show your love how extra special they are. To purchase yours, go to:


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 and is home to hundreds of species from all over the world including red pandas, monkeys, meerkats, parrots, a Malayan Tiger, a variety of reptiles and 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. The Zoo is open every day from 10am to 4pm.

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

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