American Badgers

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Jan 162013
 
American Badgers

(Taxidea taxus)  Badgers are so agressive they have been known to back down bears when confronted.  Our Badger Lotus loves frozen rats and plays with them for awhile when she is given one. Read More

American Kestrel

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Nov 192012
 
American Kestrel

(Falco sparverius) The American Kestrel is the smallest and most numerous of the North American Falcon.  All of our kestrels have different stories to tell but all agree they were handled by humans, making them imprinted.  The are great ambassadors in our “Zoo to You” program. Read More

Arctic Fox

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Nov 262012
 
Arctic Fox

(Vulpes lagopus)  Artic Foxes have the warmest fur of all the mammals.  We will always wonder how it came to be that Aurora Borealis ended up on a roof in Beverly Hills! Read More

Bald Eagle

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Dec 132012
 
Bald Eagle

(Haliaeetus leucucephalus) The bald eagle, with it’s snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird of the United States.  We love hearing the amazing call of the eagles throughout the zoo. Read More

Barn Owls

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Dec 132012
 
Barn Owls

(Tyto alba)  If you are looking for a barn owl, listen for their eerie, raspy calls, quite unlike the hoots of other owls. Read More

Black Bears

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Nov 262012
 
Black Bears

(Ursus americanus)  Black bears are not indigenous to Southern California. They were imported from Yosemite and introduced to the San Bernardino National Forest when the indigenous Grizzly Bear was hunted to extinction in the early 1900’s.  Our black bear have all been rescued and are happy to call Big Bear Alpine Zoo their home.  Read More

Bobcat

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Nov 262012
 
Bobcat

(Felis rufus)  The cat is named for its tail which appears to be bobbed.  They hunt in stealth fashion and will deliver a deathblow with a leaping pounce that can cover 10 feet.  The bobcats in our care have lots of personality and are full of fun antics. Read More

Burrowing Owl

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Dec 132012
 
Burrowing Owl

(Athene cunicularia) The burrowing owl lives underground in tunnels.  The owl pictured is Tremor.  He was found in a backyard in Apple Valley.  Tremor loves his mice and he charges out to get them when it’s feeding time. He is very vocal and thinks he is much bigger than he actually is. Read More

Canada Goose

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Nov 272012
 
Canada Goose

(Branta canadensis) The hatchlings leave the nest to follow mom into the water when they are 1-2 days old!  When Canadian Geese migrate, they form an impressive and aerodynamic “V” formation and they can cover over 1500 miles in 24 hours.   Read More

Chuckwalla

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Dec 132012
 
Chuckwalla

(Sauromalus obesus) Chuckwallas live in the desert and when disturbed, a chuckwalla will wedge itself into a tight rock crevice and inflate its lungs in order to entrench itself.       Read More