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My children love animals. We have more animals than people currently living in our house because the kids have such a passion and love for animals. When planning our recent weekend getaway to Big Bear, the Big Bear Zoo was #1 on our places to visit.

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The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is much more than just a traditional zoo and is also an animal rehabilitation center. It is the only zoological facility in San Bernardino County, and the only zoo in the United States that specializes in alpine wildlife. They are currently providing care and shelter for approximately 160 non-releasable orphaned and injured wildlife representing over 89 species including Grizzlies, Foxes, Cats, Raccoons, Reptiles, Wolves and Black Bears.

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The moment that my kids walked into the zoo – they did not want to leave. My son spent most of his time with the red tailed hawks (his favorite) while my younger son was interested in the bears. The staff that was caring for the animals took the time to talk to the children about the stories behind why the different animals are being cared for at the zoo. Huckleberry “the 3-legged bear” was one animal that captivated our hearts. The zoo helped him to fight his way back to good health after being seriously injured in the wild.

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Every day at noon, families can enjoy a presentation by the zookeeper, and at 3pm (only on weekends during the winter) families can participate in a feeding tour.

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Admission to the zoo is $9 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-10 years, $6 for seniors, and complimentary for children under the age of 3 years. They are open year-round from 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday, and 10am to 5pm Saturday through Sunday.

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is located at 43285 Goldmine Drive in Big Bear, California.

We visited the zoo as guests of Big Bear Lake.

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