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Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge

#1 of 32 things to do in Big Bear Lake Features Animals
43285 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92314
+1 909-584-1299
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Big Bear Zoo

The zoo is not your average zoo. It is a lot smaller than a major city zoo but it offers an amazing... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Houston, Texas
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This is a truly special place! There are animals that you can see here that you can only see in the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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43285 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92314
+1 909-584-1299
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The zoo is not your average zoo. It is a lot smaller than a major city zoo but it offers an amazing variety of animals. The zoo allows visitors to see animals from the region and learn more about them. Also the zoo is for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a truly special place! There are animals that you can see here that you can only see in the wild (and that's if you are lucky). What I really love about this "zoo" (really it's an animal sanctuary) is that every animal is...More

Thank Elyse A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this Zoo and recue centre, animals seemed happy and engaged, enrichment program seems to work, keepers very knowledgeable and we found the presentations interesting. Very good value for money, 12$ each cost less than breakfast! We arrived early morning, left and had lunch in...More

Thank Raymiche D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Smaller zoo - we enjoyed our time there for sure. Great exhibits where you can get close to the animals. Our favorites were the wolves, bald eagles and bears. We didn't feel that it was too expensive, especially when you take into consideration all of...More

Thank Chandra M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

$51.00 to get in, 2 seniors, 2 adults a one child. Thought it was pricey for what you received. A lot of the animals were sleeping at noon. Small exhibits, small collection of animals. We would certainly pass on going back.

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our granddaughter there with low expectations. We were very pleased to see the number of animals, the quality of the animals and exhibits. We would recommend this zoo to everyone whether you have kids are not. The two dollar description booklet is worth...More

Thank CAK45
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All animals in the zoo are unable to be released, which is why they are kept in captivity. Its only a small zoo. It took two adults 1 hour, perhaps longer with children. For a zoo I thought it was quite ethical, especially compared to...More

Thank Joelthemoran
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this zoo! Well its a rehabilitation center. The animals that are permanent residence are great!! I loved hearing about their stories of how/why they came to the zoo. You have in/out privileges so it was great for my toddler. They have different presentations during...More

Thank tinybubbles1212
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not really a zoo, but more a rehab facility and then they keep those animals they can't release back into the wild. Always take our grand kids with our international students there to see local animals. Huckleberry (bear) is our favorite. Always enjoy their noon...More

Thank annette425
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited with 3 adults and 2 children. The kids enjoyed seeing the bears (grizzly, black, and brown) and birds (bald eagle, hawks, golden eagle, etc). Short talk with zookeeper on the owl. Kids weren't as interested as the talk was not interactive. Overall, nice...More

Thank stevebooker
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Wayne S
11 July 2017|
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Response from annette425 | Reviewed this property |
not sure of the exact amount. They have the info on their website. They are not cheap. I think around $10 or so.
Miguel O
2 March 2017|
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Response from 128joannat | Reviewed this property |
Not unless it's a service animal.
Amy S
5 February 2016|
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Response from Dennis N | Reviewed this property |
No on the AAA and AARP discounts