Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a zoo located in Big Bear Lake, California. It first opened in 1959 and has an area of 2 acres in order to house all of its animals. Inside Big Bear Alpine Zoo, there are 160 animals and 80 different species.
Most of the animals are native to the San Bernardino Mountains and the majority were rescued and rehabilitated. It’s the only zoo in the Southland with grizzlies, California’s state symbol, plus it is home to mountain lions, bobcats, mule deer and a dozen wolves, one of the largest populations in captivity.
Many of these animals convalesce at this zoo and animal rehabilitation center and most are later released back into the wild. But, during their time in rehab they live in wire enclosures and can be seen by visitors.
The next time you are in Big Bear, don’t forget to drop by the Big Bear Alpine Zoo and get close and personal with some of these amazing animals.
The Big Bear Alpine Zoo currently has 4 resident black bears. This is Hucklebeary. He has adapted very well to only having three legs. Huckleberry is a big fan of cookies.
Badgers are found mainly in the western regions of North America and also portions of Canada. This is Lotus. She loves frozen rats and plays with them for a while when she is given one.
The Grizzly Bears at the zoo absolutely love the coconuts as well as pomegranates, honey, and molasses.
Cascade and Canyon are probably the most easy going Mountain Lions the zoo have ever had. They love their food, and you can tell because they are slightly overweight.
Grey Foxes at the zoo are Celeste, Jorja, Penny and Motown. All four of them live in a single exhibit and get along very well.