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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
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

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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Loved it!!

The wolves were beautiful. The shows were amazing and Staff were very knowledgeable about the animals there.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Michelle M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The wolves were beautiful. The shows were amazing and Staff were very knowledgeable about the animals there.

Thank Michelle M
San Diego, California
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All of their animals are rescues. They are serious about helping the local wildlife. They do animal presentations at noon which are especially fun with kids. They also do behavioral enrichment activities. BBAZ gets well over 100 animals brought to it each year. These animals are usually either orphaned or injured. They help the animals with an eye toward re-release... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small zoo that specializes in local animals that are injured and imprinted on humans and wouldn't survive in the wild.

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

We enjoyed our walk through the zoo. We got super lucky and ended up in front of the snow leopard enclosure at feeding time. We were able to watch them be fed and it was pretty cool. They have a great set up!

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155 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

If you want to help rescued animals then go and visit this 'zoo' and you will do that. We were there on a day when the sun was bright, the air was warm even tho there was still lots of snow and the Grizzly Bears were sleeping. Not to worry as there are many others to see. The Snow Leopards... More 

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Well presented. Clean, great selection of animals. Awesome viewing of 3 Huge Grisly Bears. Inexpensive, easy viewing. Great location next to the Bear Run Slopes.

Thank Richard S
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37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

I was surprised at how many different animals were packed into this tiny zoo. The habitats are arranged in a rather haphazard manner, and it is hard to see some of the animals. My 3-yr old tore through the place at break-neck speed, but I'm sure an older kid would really enjoy seeing all the animals.

Thank TurkeyPotPie
Beaufort, North Carolina
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11 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

Great place. Parking is free but u must display a parking pass. Its not a hassle, u street park walk in pay for your ticket and they give a pass. This place helps animals. Meaning one animal was recused off a beverly hills rooftop. Glad to see him here. They also had a bobcat that someone had declawed. Im just... More 

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El Cajon, California
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

This Zoo is currently looking a expanding and moving to a new location (at the base of the golf course) some year soon. They take in animals that can no longer be in the wild. It is neat to see animals that found their forever home.

Thank Robin S
Los Angeles, California
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7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is the kind of zoo I love! It's small and you're as close to the animals as you're going to get without being out in the wilderness. What is special about this zoo is that it's a wildlife animal sanctuary and rehabilitation center. Many of the animals come in with debilitating diseases, rescues or need special care like Huck... More 

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