A unique Southern Californian mountain town tucked away in the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear is home to a beautiful natural setting that is teeming with all types of wildlife.
You can spot the diverse animals that live in the area on any hike, snowshoeing trek, or lake excursion, but chances are good that they’ll probably spot you first and run or fly away unless you’re careful.
If you don’t quite feel up to tracking animals down, don’t worry; the Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge is home to all sorts of animal denizens of Big Bear, and you can see them all in one place! Read on below for more information.
See Rescued and Rehabilitating Animals Up Close!
Located just across the street from the famous Bear Mountain Ski Resort, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge has been saving and rehabilitating animals in Big Bear since the year 1959, when an enormous forest fire nearly devastated the San Bernardino National Forest and its animal residents.
Home to a variety of alpine animal species that have been injured and either are in the process of returning to the wild or cannot return to the wild, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a fantastic place for visitors of all ages to see the animals that call Big Bear home, as well as learn more about their biology, habitat, and their individual stories.
The Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge is open all year long, with a daily summer schedule of 10:00am until 5:00pm that lasts from Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day Weekend and a daily winter schedule of 10:00am until 4:00pm from after Labor Day Weekend until Memorial Day Weekend.
General admission prices range from $9.00 for seniors, military personnel, and children between the ages of three and ten years to $12.00 for visitors ages eleven years and older. Children ages two and under are free. Parties of ten or more people can buy tickets at a discounted group rate if they arrange and pay for their tickets at least forty-eight hours in advance.
Big Bear Vacations – Bringing You the Best of Big Bear
Contact our team of reservation specialists to learn more about the Alpine Zoo in Big Bear and other wonderful attractions that Big Bear has to offer when you book your accommodations in one of our traditional mountain vacation rental cabins or lodges today!