On June 12th at 10am, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo will reopen to the public. Our Hours will be 10-4. Facemasks are required and physical distancing is strongly encouraged for all visitors.

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Bob Cisneros became our Curator in March of 2015.  Bob brings with him  a wealth of knowledge, having worked at the San Diego Zoo for 21 years.  Bob is passionate about improving the lives of the animals in our care.  He has great plans to work with the keepers to bring our zoo into the 21st century with evidence based animal management.

He is passionate about the Five Freedoms which he will instill in our keeper team:

Freedom from Hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain full health and vigor.

Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.

Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.

Freedom to express (most) normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.

Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

Bob proudly served as the President of the American Association of Zoo Keepers and is on the Board of Directors of the California Wolf Center, Julian.

We are thrilled to have him lead both our zoo team and the design team as we prepare to move to the new facility – coming winter 2019!