Tag: wildlife

Wildlife in the Big Bear Valley

Big Bear, CA, Sept. 6, 2014 – Wild animals are a fairly common sight in the Big Bear Valley and surrounding mountains. Squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, and even coyotes are seen every day. There are other animals that we share our home with that we are rarely lucky enough to see. Big Bear was named after the huge Grizzly Bears that roamed the valley in the 1800s. The Serrano Indians lived in harmony with the mighty Grizzly and thought of these animals as grandfathers. Sadly, by the turn of the century, the miners, loggers, and cattle ranchers who came to the San Bernardino mountains had killed the last of the Grizzlies. However, years later the smaller, less aggressive Black Bear was introduced into the mountains and can be seen quite frequently raiding trash cans and bird feeders. Some of the more secretive animals include the Bobcat and the Mountain Lion or Cougar. Both cats are very shy and will avoid confrontations with humans if at all possible. The Bobcat is the smaller of the two weighing about 20 pounds whereas the Mountain Lion can reach more than 8 feet in length and weigh more than 160 pounds. One of the most commonly seen and heard residents of Big Bear is the Coyote, but within the dog family we also have the Gray Fox. Foxes live in family groups while their...

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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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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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Fish and Wildlife Taking Advisor Applications Through Today

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