Big Bear Alpine Zoo offers local’s special at $5 for 5 days in May

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Big Bear locals are invited to celebrate spring in May with a discounted admission rate at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. From May 1-5 visit the zoo for a “High-Five” celebration, with a special price of only $5 for the five-day period.

The local discount provides an opportunity for locals to view the current zoo before the zoo transitions to its new location which is scheduled for completion in early spring of 2018. The discount is a thank you to locals for supporting the zoo.

The special discount will apply to the following zip codes: 92305, 92314, 92315, 92317, 92321, 92325, 92333, 92341, 92352, 92382, and 92386. Please provide proof of residency when paying for your entrance. The special local rate applies to adults, children, seniors, and military with ID. Children under three are free.

Spring Forward with the Locals is an excellent opportunity to visit the zoo again to see firsthand the extensive improvements for the resident wildlife and for the visitor experience. Of note are the addition of the Raccoon Saloon and the enhanced enclosure for the sister snow leopards.

Zoo Curator Bob Cisneros said, “There is much to be grateful for, thanks to the tremendous support of our Big Bear Community. Our attendance last year increased 60 percent, construction of our new zoo has begun and local organizations are directing some of their fundraising efforts to support the care and feeding of our animals. The community is an important resource for our zoo.”

Zoo activities during the Spring Forward with the Locals celebration week include enrichment talks and special zookeeper presentations. The Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo will provide information on volunteering and zoo membership.

For more information on the Local’s Day activities call (909) 584-1299.

Big Bear Alpine Zoo is at 43285 Goldmine Drive in Big Bear Lake. The zoo is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The zoo is San Bernardino County’s only zoo and also serves as a wildlife animal sanctuary, rehabilitation and education center.

Founded in 1959, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is operated and owned by the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District.