In an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus, the Big Bear Zoo will close temporarily until at least April 30th, effective immediately.

Our Mission Statement


Today’s dreams……………………Tomorrow’s reality

We are working toward the creation of a new facility that will provide a safe and loving “Home for Life” for animals which cannot be released back into the wild and provides for a higher quality of care for those that can.


Big Bear Alpine Zoo Mission:

To enhance human understanding and respect for the value of the ecosystem through rescue, rehabilitation and education; enhanced by our unique collection of animals that have been permanently impacted by humans and can never be released back into the wild.

Big Bear Alpine Zoo Core Values:

  • We passionately commit our expertise and resources to saving animals and enhancing their long-term survivability whether in the wild or permanently within our facility.
  • We reach for excellence in every endeavor.
  • We give maximum effort to thinking laterally and acting proactively.
  • We value partnership and cooperation.
  • We provide animal interactions that create lifelong memories.
  • We will support conservation efforts in the wild, accentuating our goals and objectives.
  • We are a trusted resource for our community, and provide programs and services that make meaningful contributions toward enriching the human condition.