Build the Zoo Capital Campaign


This Campaign is an appeal to raise $25 million to build a much needed, wildlife rehab & animal sanctuary in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. Where every resident of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo can live out the rest of their life.


New Zoo Progress Report

  • The land was purchased by Big Bear Valley Recreation & Park District in 2010 for $2,062,500
  • Environmental Impact Survey’s were completed in 2014
  • PGAV Destinations has been signed to engineer the Project. PGAV is world renowned for their designs.
  • January 2016 we received construction bids for building the new zoo
  • May 27, 2016 was the official ground breaking ceremony
  • Construction to begin July 5, 2016


The current location opened in 1959 on 2.5 acres and is old and overcrowded with rescued animals. The lease was $1.00 per year, which expired after 50 years in February 2010, and is now $5,000 plus per month. The new location is owned by the Big Bear Valley Recreation & Park District, who are also the owners of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. The new location is not far from the current location, and is nearly 5 times larger at 10.5 acres.


Above are photos of the scale model and the Phase 2 Layout of the new zoo.

The zoo and its residents desperately need your help to make this new zoo a reality. Donations from private parties, foundations and corporations are being sought to supplement the limited federal and state grant monies. The monies raised from this campaign will go towards the phased development of the new facility, and the large task of physically moving the animals to their new, permanent home.


As the only alpine zoo specializing in native alpine animals in the entire United States, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo’s mission is to promote an understanding of alpine wildlife between humans and nature by educating the public.


Each year with the help of trained docents, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo offers educational programs for school children, youth organizations, families, and visitors from around the world.


Please show your support by making a tax deductible donation.

Your donations will make a difference.


Or mail your donations to:


PO Box 1988

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315



The Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo
is a non-profit support 501(c)(3) supporting the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. EIN 33-0350180