May 12, 2013 8:36 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Charles Paddock Zoo teaches guests about wilderness and sweets

Some local moms and families got a special Mother's Day treat on Sunday at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero.

The zoo hosted its Third Annual Cookie Adventure.

"We used to give out flowers to moms, but they kind of took a beating walking around the zoo, so we thought we would do something that would be an extra treat, that would be free for our patrons to come here on Mother's Day. So we decided cookies would be a great choice," said Alan Baker, the Zoo Director.

Local bakers came out to the zoo Sunday morning to hand out cookie samples. Guests could pick up a cookie adventure map and take it to the cookie bakers stationed throughout the zoo.

Along the way, guests also learned about some of the zoo's unique animals.

"When we go to each table, we ask an animal question, usually by the animal that's closest to the table. If you get it right, you get a cookie, but if you get it wrong, you still get a cookie," said Baker.

Organizers say the goal was to teach guests about how to preserve wildlife and our environment, while enjoying some tasty treats.



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