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Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge

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Address: 43285 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92314 (Formerly Moonridge Animal Park)
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+1 909-584-1299
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10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a rehabilitation facility offering injured,...

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a rehabilitation facility offering injured, orphaned and imprinted wild animals a safe haven; temporarily while they heal or permanently as they are unable to survive on their own.We are extremely proud that 90% of all the animals brought to us for rehabilitation are successfully released back into their native environment.Those that remain with us on exhibit are either too injured or have been imprinted by humans and can not be released back into the wild to care for themselves.

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This is a return visit for our family. We'd been here over the summer so we returned to see the animals in the winter. We really like this zoo you can really get close and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a return visit for our family. We'd been here over the summer so we returned to see the animals in the winter. We really like this zoo you can really get close and the staff is very friendly. They are always happy to talk about the animals and the work that this animal rescue does. Not very modern... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brought the family up for a couple of days in Big Bear. Since we have young kids, we wanted to visit this zoo. First off, visiting in the snow is great! We got as close to bears as I would ever want to get. Enjoyed the various coyotes and eagles as well.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

We visited the Big Bear Zoo on Sunday noon, they offered guided info about the black bear (amazing animal), very clean zoo with exotic animals, we saw black bear, grizzly bear cage (maybe he was sleeping inside), coyotes, lovely owls and amazing white wolf. Must see place!

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Thank Jlizanox
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

From the street it's hard to imagine a zoo. But once inside you will be impressed. It's a good mix of some really cool animals. Worth the money. Get the self guided tour book. You can read about the animals and why they are there. It's a shelter and zoo. Which makes it even better. All types of animals. Parking... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Visited over Thanksgiving weekend, and while a small zoo, almost every animal there has been rescued. The closest you'll ever get to wild animals, with zookeepers that you can actually ask questions to. Make sure you donate $2 to get the animal's history on how they arrived at the zoo, and grab a hot chocolate before you head out, because... More 

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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Awesome small zoo. Been there at least a dozen times and always go when in Big Bear. Eagles, Mountain lions, Bears, Wolfs, Bob Cats, Deer,... Takes about 2 hours to see. They do a lot of wild animal rescue, very good cause.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This zoo is focused on rehabilitating and releasing injured animals - and giving homes to those that cannot re-enter the wild. A wonderful mission for this organization. Truly appreciate the care for the animals and education to the public that they provide.

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Thank Rhonda G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Some of the visitors may be disappointed that it's not bigger, but hey, it's no San Diego Zoo, it's a fantastic place to go and get a first hand look at some of the USA's fantastic animal life up real close. I commend this zoo and their staff for their dedication to care for animals that may have had to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Let me first off say I abhor zoos, the traditional kinds. This place is something different. It's run by the park service and features animals that have been abandoned/injured over the years and cannot be released. The staff was very knowledgable about the animals and very willing to answer any questions visitors had. TIP: This location is moving. I'm not... More 

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City San Fernando, State California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Cool to see the zoo and folks in BB taking care of wildlife in a clean and visitor friendly environment.

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