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“Excellent place to see. Very reasonable price.”

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.
Malibu, California
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Excellent place to see. Very reasonable price.”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

I can't help but think that this is a not for profit zoo. It only cost around 6 or 8 dollars for me to get in. We saw Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Bears, Bobcats, Buffalo, deer who wanted to be petted, and a variety of other animals, birds, etc. It was so cool seeing them up close. The staff, who either work for free, or for very little are very, very nice too. They were very informative about the animals and you could tell that they loved working with animals.

Visited July 2013
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Big Bear Lake, California
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Zoo at Moonridge”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The zoo might take a whole hour to see but when I have taken my grandchildren there we spend at least 3 hours. The afternoon is the best time to go. The have a feeding and information tour at 2 o'clock. Also call ahead for specials going on during the time you will be there.

Visited August 2012
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Big Bear Region, California
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60 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“lots of critters, small space”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

you and your children may enjoy a few hours seeing the bears, lions and buffalo, but there is not too much ROAMING if you know what I mean. good to call ahead and see if you can come during feeding or when there is a demonstration. see Eagles, bobcats, coyotes and learn about how they live in these mountains.

Visited September 2012
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nola
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161 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“more than a zoo”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

ok for a small town zoo. but this place is more than a zoo. it is also a sanctuary for injured and "lost" animals. there was a blind bunny, a three legged grisly, a one eyed bald eagle, a bambi whose mother had been killed - really. the stall is large for such a small facility but they are very caring and attached to their animals. its a good diversioni f you're looking for things to do in such a small town.

Visited July 2013
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Sugarloaf, California
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90 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A Zoo in the Mountain”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

A small zoo with mountain animals. Many were rescued, be sure to visit the bear who lost his front paw, without a rescue that animal would have died. Certain times of the day the care takers present 'shows' which are basically information about an exhibit or the animals. Feeding times are also enjoyable. You can help in the care of these animals by 'adopting' one. That small fee provides funds for the zoo and you get a picture of you 'adoptee'.

Visited July 2013
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