About the Friends


The Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo’s mission is to support the Big Bear Alpine Zoo by inspiring understanding, respect and environmentally responsible action for the conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat through: public education, volunteer support, fundraising and development, and key project financial support.


The Friends of the Moonridge Zoo was established in 1989 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. During the July 2012 Board of Directors meeting, the directors agreed to add a DBA and operate as the Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. The DBA aligns the Friends’ name with the new name for the Moonridge Animal Park, which is the Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge.


Articles of Incorporation from IRS Treasury Dept.


Board Meeting Minutes

Fictitious Business Name Statement for DBA was filed July 17, 2012

Friends By-Laws approved by Board of Directors January 2019

Letter of Determination

Standing Rules as of October 14, 2015