46475 Pioneertown Rd
Big Bear City, California 92314
Zoos & Wildlife
Currently closed. Opening date to be announced for their NEW location!
Big Bear Alpine Zoo
Big Bear Alpine Zoo is the “go to” facility for injured and imprinted animals. Their rehabilitation facility offers injured, orphaned and imprinted wildlife a safe haven, either temporarily while they heal, or permanently if they are unable to survive on their own. One of only two alpine zoos in the United States, a majority of the Zoo's residents are from the San Bernardino Mountains.
- 90% of the animals brought to the Zoo for rehabilitation are successfully released back into their native environment.
- Animals that remain at the Zoo are either too injured or have been imprinted by humans and cannot be released back into the wild to care for themselves.
- In 1959, a forest fire engulfed the San Bernardino National Forest injuring many animals that then required care. A makeshift hospital/rehabilitation facility was set up on land where the Zoo currently resides.
- The first bald eagle, Stumpy, who lost his leg in a wolf trap, arrived at the zoo in 1986 courtesy of Alaska Airlines. The eagle, scheduled to be euthanized, was saved by a Big Bear resident who worked for the Wrangle Ranger District in Alaska.
- Friends of the Moonridge Zoo was established in 1989 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Their mission was to support the Zoo by inspiring understanding, respect, and environmentally responsible action for the conservation of wildlife and habitat through public education, volunteer support, fundraising, development, and financial support.
Guided tours are available daily as well as "Animal of the Day" presentations and Behavioral Enrichment presentations. Onlookers can witness how animal keepers encourage the animals' natural behaviors which improves their welfare.
Admission: Ticket Prices are subject to change anytime.
- Ages 11+ $12
- Seniors (age 60+) $9
- Children (ages 3-10) $9
- Children (2-) Free
Most of the Zoo's funding comes directly from admission costs, but there are many ways you can show your support for this wildlife sanctuary!
Adopt An Animal! Sponsor one of the zoo's residents for a year! The “adopter” will be mailed a Certificate of Adoption, and additional swag items depending on adoption level.
Donate! Your donation will support costs of building the new zoo, feeding the animals, construction of exhibits, general operations, medical care for the animals, educational programs and special events. Your donation is 100% tax deductible!
Become A Member! Enjoy free zoo admission for one year, a subscription to the e-version of Paw Prints Newsletter, and gift shop discounts depending on membership level.
Visit BigBearAlpineZoo.org or call 909-584-1299 for more info.
Baldwin Lake Stables Petting Zoo
Get up close and personal with with goats, pigs, rabbits, alpacas, and more at Baldwin Lake Stables! This fun petting zoo is great for kids and families. Call (909) 585-6482 for rates and additional info.