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

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 25, 2012, 3:00pm – Blues For The Zoo, a fundraiser for the Big Bear Lake Moonridge Animal Park is set for Saturday, August 4 at the Swim Beach Outdoor Amphitheater. The afternoon of music from 3 to 7:30pm will feature C.J. Chenier, Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. The gates open at 1pm and outdoor chairs and blankets are welcome for festival-style lawn seating. The lakeside setting provides a scenic backdrop for an afternoon of internationally recognized musicians, local artisan booths and a freshly prepared food and beverage menu. Tickets are $30 in advance / $35 on the day of the show. Children 10 and under are admitted free of charge. Parking is $4.00. Tickets are available at the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce on Bartlett Road in the Village and at the Moonridge Animal Park Gift Shop. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31612.mp3|titles=Blues For The Zoo – Mike Evans...

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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

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 1, 2011, noon – This year’s Blues for the Zoo benefit concert will take place on Saturday, August 6th. The concert features three of Chicago’s great blues guitarists and will help raise money for Moonridge Animal Park’s rehabilitation programs for orphaned and injured alpine wildlife. Singer-songwriter Brother Yusef opens the concert, followed by Maria Muldaur. The Chicago Blues Shootout is the headlining act, an all-star group featuring Lurrie Bell, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Larry McCray. Blues for the Zoo is Saturday, August 6th at Swim Beach Outdoor Amphitheater at 41220 Park Avenue in Big Bear Lake. The gates open at 1pm and the concert starts at 3pm. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. Parking is $3. Children 10 and under get in free with an adult ticket holder. You can bring your own lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Swim Beach is open during the concert for ticket holders only and no coolers allowed. To purchase tickets in advance or to book lodging and ticket packages log onto www.bigbear.com or call 800-424-4232. You can also get tickets at the Big Bear Visitor Center, 630 Bartlett Road or Moonridge Animal Park, 43285 Goldmine Dr. in Big Bear Lake.  [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30917.mp3|titles=Zoo...

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