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“Care of Maimed Wildlife” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge

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.
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5 reviews
“Care of Maimed Wildlife”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

This is a small zoo that cares for maimed wildlife, including black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles, wolves, coyotes, raccoons and other mountain fauna. Informative staff. Giftshop too.

Visited July 2013
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Big Bear Lake, California
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30 reviews
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“Unusual-serving an important purpose”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

Exhibits animals that have been injured and cannot go back into nature. Grizzly bears. many wolfs. Eagles, coyotes, mountain Lions and many more. Will be adding 2 snow leapords this summer. Small and intimatr.

Visited May 2014
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Big Bear Region, California
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Not your average zoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

We love this "zoo"! It is actually a refuge for animals that are permanently injured, or for some reason unable to be returned to the wild. They have an amazing assortment of animals and because of its small size, it is really personal. All the animals have a story - it is always good to go at feeding time. They also have a rehabilitation side - for animals that are able to be returned to the wild. Really good educational value for kids.

Visited July 2013
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fantastic care of the animals.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

We visited the zoo after finding it on the trolley tour. This zoo only houses animals that have been rescued, the staff do a great job looking after and getting well the animals ready to be put back into the wild. Some can't go back they live there as they wouldn't survive the wild. We seen a blind bunny, a snowy owl with only 1 wing, a 3 legged black bear and many many more animals. You can read about how they arrived there and also sponsor any if them. The enclosures are spotless and very well maintained, staff are there to answers questions and share their knowledge. Fantastic job they are doing. If you get the chance to visit it's well worth going.

Visited May 2014
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59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“"Up close and Personal"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo has a great display of N. American wildlife. It is not a big place. However, visitors are able to get nice views of the animals residing here. They have 3 Grizzly(Brown) bears, several black bears, mountain lions, coyotes, Wolves, a variety of birds and owls and various other species. They also help to rehabilitate injured animals. In the fall they do a flashlight safari, it allows guests to see the nocturnal species being more active. The Wolves will often serenade visitors with some howling.

Visited March 2014
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