The Big Bear Alpine Zoo – “Saving wildlife since 1959”
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.
Ninety percent of the animals brought to the Big Bear Alpine Zoo for rehabilitation are successfully released back into their native environment. Those that remain with the Big Bear Alpine Zoo on exhibit are either too injured or have been imprinted by humans and cannot be released back into the wild to care for themselves.
The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District, a Special District of the County of San Bernardino, owns the zoo, the facilities and the animals. County employees are hired for animal care, grounds keepers, maintenance, education and administration. The zoo is located within the 3rd District of the County of San Bernardino. The Park District oversees the operation of the zoo, and the Curator oversees the day to day activities of the zoo. The zoo is located in the San Bernardino National Forest at an elevation of 7140 feet.
Since March 2015, Bob Cisneros has served as the Zoo’s General Manager and Curator. Prior to coming to Big Bear Alpine Zoo, Bob worked at the San Diego Zoo for 21 years.
The Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo (FOBBAZ) was created in 1989, as a 501(C3), nonprofit, fundraising organization to support the zoo. The Friends provide volunteer work in the zoo and their volunteer activities cover a wide range of duties including operating the gift shop and the Grazing Corral, providing docent tours, preparing meals, helping with animal presentations and occasionally assisting in light maintenance activities. Today, FOBBAZ is charged with raising several million dollars that is needed to relocate and build the zoo at the proposed new site.
Big Bear Alpine Zoo
43285 Goldmine Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA
General Information: (909) 584-1299
Group Tours & Zoo Camp Information: (909) 866-9700
Gift Store: (909) 584-1171
Injured Animal Hotline: (909) 584-1299
Big Bear Alpine Zoo Curator’s Office: (909) 584-1299