Tag: Moonridge Zoo

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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Blues For The Zoo Brings Music To The Mountains

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Friends of Moonridge Zoo Host Farewell Tea For Paddy Speyers

Big Bear, Ca, November 9, 2011, 3:00pm – The Friends of The Moonridge Zoo are inviting the community in joining them for a “Farewell and Thank You” to long time Big Bear resident Paddy Speyers.  The Farewell Tea will be held on Thursday, November 10th at 2:00pm at Hofert Hall at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center.  Paddy is leaving Big Bear after 26 years of residency to begin a new adventure in Groveland, Ca, which is where her daughter and son in law currently reside.  Paddy has been extremely involved with the Friends of the Moonridge Zoo, as well as the Hospital Auxiliary, Historical Society, Women’s Club, and countless other organizations.  The farewell tea is open to the public, and all of Paddys friends are invited to...

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Friends Of The Moonridge Zoo Docent Program Expands

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 15,2011, 8:00am – The Friends of the Moonridge Zoo is looking for volunteers who appreciate being around wildlife to become Docents at Big Bear’s animal park. The docent educational program is expanding and will now offer monthly one day comprehensive workshops, where you can become a docent and help support the Moonridge Animal Park. Docent’s assist and provide information to park visitors, they provide help during special events, prepare food in the animal kitchen, work at the gift shop or snack bar, or help with flower gardening or light maintenance. The first workshop will be held 10am to 5pm on Saturday August 27, 2011.  Call 909 878-4200 to reserve your space or for more details. Other scheduled one day workshops will be held in September, October, November, and December. The Friends of The Moonridge Zoo was created in 1989 to support the Moonridge Animal Park through educating the public regarding treatment, protection, and conservation of wildlife, recruiting and coordinating zoo volunteers, and...

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Blues For The Zoo Benefit Concert Raises Funds For Moonridge Animal Park

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