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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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Big Bear Alpine Zoo

A rescue zoo where the animals there are not able to be released into the wild. Rehabilitated animals that are capable of being reintroduced to the wild are.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 July 2016
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Big Bear City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

A rescue zoo where the animals there are not able to be released into the wild. Rehabilitated animals that are capable of being reintroduced to the wild are.

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

This was a nice inexpensive zoo that houses handicapped animals that cannot be reintroduced to the wild. They have wonderful stories on all of the animals and how they came to the zoo.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

What a fabulous family time we had!! The weather was great & benches were available for Nana (Gma) to sit down & still see, hear, & be apart of the animal talks by the staff. Loved how each animal had its own rescue story! What a great place for these animals to live! They have a longer life living here... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Great small town zoo that honestly just rescues injured animals. A teaching zoo where very young children can even benefit. Curator / surrogate mother of wolves is amazing. Wolves gently feed out of her hands and she pets them like they are domesticated pets. Had not been there for twenty years, and was really impressed. Clean, organized and a place... More 

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Two words: Snow Leopards!!! Healthy 4-year-old female siblings. Be there when the caretaker feeds them, hiding the food all around their enclosure, giving the big cats some fun, searching for the food. And those tails, as long as the body. Lovely to see these endangered cats.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Went with my children and they loved it. Also went with my parents who are older and because the zoo wasn't too big was perfect for them.

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Chandler, Arizona, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

You don't need a lot of time to visit this zoo. It can be done in a very short amount of time, but is sort of cool to get up close and personal with some rescue animals. We weren't able to see the Bears very well, but had some other up close encounters. Don't expect anything fancy.

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Chino Hills, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

This is a great small zoo, especially for our young grandson who is three!!! It has been in operation for many years with lots of volunteers making it a family friendly place to enjoy. Of course we always love the bears and watching them play in the water!! Petting a snake for the first time was a highlight and of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

They will be moving in a few years to bigger facility down the hill. In the meantime super friendly staff talked with them about animals on one on one basis. They also have keeper/animal programs that give you insight into animals. Paula was super informative! Animals are mainly rescue ones which is nice and are all well taken care of!... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

My partner and I went with a group of about 15 up towards the course. The tour started off well, we were introduced to Dave who happily and formerly drove us up and was very knowledgeable about the area and answered everyone's questions. We arrived and had to wait 15-20mins for the group before us to arrive back. The tour... More 

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