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“Super Friendly Place to Visit”

Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge
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Owner description: The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a rehabilitation facility offering injured, orphaned and imprinted wild animals a safe haven; temporarily while they heal or permanently as they are unable to survive on their own.We are extremely proud that 90% of all the animals brought to us for rehabilitation are successfully released back into their native environment.Those that remain with us on exhibit are either too injured or have been imprinted by humans and can not be released back into the wild to care for themselves.
Basildon, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Super Friendly Place to Visit”
Reviewed 6 July 2012

I always make a point of visiting Moonridge if my holiday destination is close enough to get there and this year was no exception. It's a small site so if you rush round you'll be out in 20 minutes, but I love taking time to chill, and see what the animals are up to. I like to spend a couple of hours there in the morning, then do a bit of sightseeing around Big Bear, returning a lttle before 3pm when one of the keepers tells you about the animals while feeding a selection of them. The only downside is that some of the enclosures have small mesh fences so it can be a challenge getting good photos, but that is just the legacy of how the park started which was as a rescue centre that was not open to the public.

Visited June 2012
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San Diego
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67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Sweet, small zoo with unusual animals”
Reviewed 7 June 2012

Loved being next to wolves when they howled. Loved seeing animals I hadn't seen before, such as badger and bobcat and mountain lion.

Visited June 2012
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Oceanside, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great little animal park”
Reviewed 31 May 2012

Lovely little place. Don't be disappointed if the animals are sleeping...it is what they do. Try to find out when the BEST viewing time would be (feeding time) to maximize the experience.

Visited May 2012
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Rosamond, ca
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Awesome”
Reviewed 19 May 2012

This is a great place to check out during your visit!!

Visited May 2012
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Thank Gina A
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Beltsville, Maryland
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126 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Very interesting facility in an unexpected place”
Reviewed 6 May 2012

Wow. I have skied Bear Mountain many times and never realized this little gem of a zoo was right across the street! It has limited hours (inquire ahead; they close early) and the educational placards on the cages are full of grammatical and spelling errors, so it's definitely a low-budget operation. However, the staff was very friendly and the zoo houses many animals which I never expected to see, so close up. Best of all for old duffers like me--it's not necessary to walk miles and miles to see the animals. Everything is close together and easy to see and it's possible to do a credible visit in under an hour. Great place.

Visited April 2012
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Thank Sheryl P
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