ATASCADERO, Calif. -- The Charles Paddock Zoo is set to reopen Friday.
The zoo decided to reopen as San Luis Obispo County returns back into the purple tier of the state's COVID-19 reopening plan.
The zoo will reopen to the public Friday and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The zoo closed back in December due to the regional stay-at-home order, but the zoo continued to educate and entertain visitors virtually during that time.
Those virtual programs will continue to be available, zoo officials said.
The zoo will follow safety protocols as recommended by the state and county including requiring visitors to wear masks and to maintain physical distancing.
The Charles Paddock Zoo is home to hundreds of species from all over the world including red pandas, monkeys, meerkats, parrots, a Malayan Tiger and a variety of reptiles.
The Santa Barbara Zoo will also announced that it will be reopening at the end of January.
For more information on the zoo, click here or call 805-461-5080.