Tag: Moonridge Animal Park

From Wildlife Habitat to the Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Big Bear, CA, March 29, 2014 – In 1959 a forest fire engulfed the San Bernardino National Forest and in the aftermath, several injured animals were found that required care. A makeshift hospital and rehabilitation area called the Wildlife Habitat was set up where the zoo is currently located. Two bobcats and an orphaned baby black bear were the first residents of the future zoo. In 1961, plans for the new Moonridge Zoo were drawn, the first zoo supervisor was hired, and the first enclosures were built. Also that same year, Herman the black bear, one of the zoo’s most famous residents, was rescued during a forest fire at Barton Flats. During the 60s many upgrades were made to the zoo including landscaping, a pond, restrooms, and a new bear den for Herman. Many more animals arrived and the eagle aviary was completed in 1967. Attendance increased from a few hundred over Memorial Day weekend in the mid 60s to over 3000 in the early 70s during that same period. The 70s and 80s saw many more facility improvements and the addition of dozens more animals including bears, coyotes, wolves, peacocks, turkeys, and mountain lions. It wasn’t until 1992 that the zoo started charging admission. The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a rehabilitation facility first, and is extremely proud of the fact that 9o% of all the animals brought to...

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Boo In The Zoo

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 18, 2012, 6am – This Halloween parents are invited to bring their children all dressed for Halloween fun to enjoy a thrilling ghost and goblin adventure. Boo in the Zoo is from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, October 27 at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. There will be costume contests for the children, arts and crafts projects, and children’s games. Kids can go on a scavenger hunt and win free bowling games at the Bowling Barn. At 11am and 2pm there will be Halloween treats for the animals, and the 3pm feeding tour will have special Halloween treats for the animals. And like years before, children can get lots of treats throughout the park from gracious business participants and docent goblins all decked out for chills and thrills. Standard park admission rates apply during Boo in the Zoo. It’s $9 for Adults, $6 for children and seniors. Kids under three years old and Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo get in...

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Blues For The Zoo Brings Music To The Mountains

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Boo In The Zoo: Bring A Pumpkin For A Bear!

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Moonridge Animal Park Hosts Wolf Awareness Day

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