Tag: Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Bear Awareness Day at the Zoo

Big Bear, CA, May 15th, 2016 – Both Black Bears and Grizzlies will take center stage as Big Bear Alpine Zoo joins other zoos and animal sanctuaries around the country in celebrating the final day of Bear Awareness Week. Zoo keepers will be highlighting the zoo’s black bears and grizzlies on Saturday, May 21 with hourly enrichment presentations from 12 noon until 3 PM. In addition to the bear-centric keeper talks, there will be educational activities, games, and crafts for kids of all ages from 11 am to 2 pm. Come and celebrate the final day of Bear Awareness Week at the...

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Do Not Disturb Young Wildlife: If You Care, Leave Them There

Big Bear, CA, May 10, 2016 – It’s springtime again and young wildlife are emerging from their dens and nests and beginning to learn the ways of the world. Because of this increase in wildlife activity, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds people to leave young wildlife alone if they come across them in the wild. The improper handling of young wildlife is a problem in California and across the nation, especially in spring. “Each species cares for and trains its young in unique ways,” said Nicole Carion, CDFW’s statewide coordinator for wildlife rehabilitation. “Some animals, such as...

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The Big Bear Alpine Zoo Reaches an Important Step

Big Bear Lake, CA 1/22/16 – The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District has announced that on January 13th, bids for the new Big Bear Alpine Zoo were opened.  There were a total of eight bids submitted and the District has reported there was one apparent low bidder.  Further, they went on to say that once the bids are reviewed and deemed qualified that they will release more details.   This was the second bite at the apple for the contractor’s, as on November 19, 2015 the eight bids were received but all needed to be rejected because...

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The New Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Big Bear Lake, CA August 26, 2015 – Big Bear is one step closer to getting a new zoo.   Supervisor James Ramos announced at Monday’s Big Bear Lake City Council meeting that a ground breaking ceremony will take place as early as December of this year.   The building plans and specifications are nearly complete which include a peer review.   Next the construction bidding window opens from October 6 to November 13, 2015.    Soon after the winning contractor will be announced and a contract signed.   Winter weather may be at play this year, for the launch of the grading and construction at the new location on the corner of Moonridge Road and Club View in Big Bear Lake.  Supervisor Ramos expressed his enthusiasm for this project saying “Big Bear is one of the jewels of our County and the Alpine Zoo along with the Moonridge corridor revitalization plans will create a special place for residents and visitors of Big Bear along with escalating the zoo’s educational and rehabilitation mission.”  The Zoo property acquisition and construction carries projected cost in the neighborhood of eight million dollars which is being financed by the county along with local zoo support groups.  The Big Bear Lake City Council along with city planning commissioners expressed their appreciation and gratitude for this important community...

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New Residents at the Zoo

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 26, 2014 – Shanti and Asha, the Snow Leopard sisters, arrived at LAX via FedEx on Tuesday morning at 3:30 am. Lorie Judd of Big Bear Park and Rec left the mountain at almost midnight on Monday to meet the Leopards and their handlers who had flown in from Seattle. Their crates were loaded into a cargo van and by 4:30 am they were on their way to Big Bear and their new home at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. Born two years ago at the Woodland Park Zoo in Washington state under a breeding program that aims to propagate endangered species, it was discovered that both cats have Multiple Ocular Coloboma. This congenital eye anomaly caused each Leopard to have their right eye removed to prevent further complications and eliminated them from the breeding program. They were relocated here because of Big Bear Alpine Zoo’s highly regarded rehabilitation program. A beautiful new Himalayan Habitat was built just for the Leopard sisters and features a rock ‘mountain’, trees, and two rock dens. You can meet these two beautiful animals and see their new enclosure, which is an example of what things will look like when the zoo relocates, on Saturday, June 28th at 11:00 am....

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