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Charles Paddock Zoo celebrates Earth Day virtually

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Posted at 6:18 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 21:58:25-04

Wednesday, April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and staff at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero are asking everyone to take a moment to think about the Earth.

The zoo usually has an annual celebration to commemorate the day but with the stay-at-home orders, things look a little different at the zoo.

It has been closed to the public for five weeks but staff are still there every day taking care of the animals on a normal schedule.

To keep people engaged with animal education, the zoo releases short videos on its Facebook page featuring a different animal three days a week.

The zoo director wants people to take this Earth Day as an opportunity to acknowledge the change in our world right now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Think about how different things are today. Pollution's a lot less. The animals are doing a lot better. So maybe there are some things that we can learn from this time that we can put in effect that will kind of help our environment down the road," said Alan Baker, Charles Paddock Zoo Director.

The zoo is losing a lot of revenue right now because it can't admit visitors.

Charles Paddock Earth Day shirts benefiting the zoo are for sale and the zoo is always accepting donations through its website.