Image of Big Bear Lake just before nightfall

Big Bear Alpine Zoo’s Flashlight Safaris Offers After Dark Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 10/04/12 | By Daniel

Big Bear Alpine Zoo opens its doors after dark every Saturday in October and the first two Saturdays in November to reveal its nocturnal animals to visitors

Flashlight Safaris event at Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Pumas at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo

These special evening Flashlight Safaris give guests an exclusive opportunity to see the zoo come to life with vivacity that includes wolves howling, bobcats pacing, foxes playing and owls hooting.

The zoo is a cool enough place to visit during the day, but most of the time the nocturnal animals are more or less lethargic when the sun is out. However, as soon as the sun sets and the stars begin to shine these animals activate and their natural instincts take over. The park has over 160 animals on display, and more than half of the animals are nocturnal or crepuscular, which means guests are in for a show. The sights and sounds from these night creatures that will undoubtedly bring about ooohs and aaahs from the patrons on tour.

Flashlight Safaris are held at Big Bear Alpine Zoo, located at 43285 Goldmine Drive in Big Bear Lake, every Saturday starting October 2 to November 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Patrons have up to 7 p.m. to join the tour. Doors close promptly at 7 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for seniors and children ages 3-10, children under 3 are free. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights and wear warm clothes. To learn more about the Moonridge Animal Park or further information about Flashlight Safari Tours visit or call 909-584-1299.