Apr 15, 2010 9:49 PM by Danielle Lerner
A local zoo celebrates a big honor, two years in the making.
The Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero has been accredited through 2014.
That means it met, or exceeded animal care standards set by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or AZA.
However that is not the only thing generating excitement.
The zoo is also making some changes so it can better serve the public.
"Right now our focus is on our new front entrance and ticket booth, a gift shop area, there will be a small food service, we also have installed new public restrooms so that will make it easier for us to service our school groups," said Alan Baker, the zoo's director.
AZA-accredited zoos often have increased eligibility for grants.
Fewer than 10 percent of the animal exhibitors licensed in the U.S. receive the recognition.
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