When Big Bear Alpine Zoo opened in 1959, it wasn't a zoo at all. It was a makeshift rehabilitation center for animals affected by a devastating fire that ripped through the San Bernardino National Forest. Among the facility's first residents were two bobcats and an orphaned 30-pound baby black bear.
Since then, the operation has stood as a safe haven for injured, orphaned, and imprinted wild animals. While the zoo is home to a variety of animals that cannot be released back into the wild as they would not be able to
survive, most of the animals that are brought in for rehabilitation can be released. In fact, 90% of the zoo's animals get released back into the wild once they're healthy enough. Today, Big Bear Alpine Zoo is home to more than 85 species, including foxes, eagles, and yes, even bears. Weather permitting, visitors can visit the zoo's residents throughout the year except for Christmas Day. Visitors can get involved in the zoo's efforts by volunteering, becoming a member, or bringing in items from the wish list, saving the animals a trip to the grocery store.
If you have a special occasion coming up, you can find great knick-knacks and cards at Schoettger Gallery in Big Bear Lake.
Browse the great memorabilia and souvenirs at Big Bear Lake's Schoettger Gallery.
Brighten up your walls with the great pieces here including mirrors.
If you're in the market for a bold piece of art, check out the beautiful works featured here.
For the curious, Schoettger Gallery boasts a central location to nearby parking.
So next time you're searching all over Big Bear Lake for a great gift, remember to stop by Schoettger Gallery.
Big Bear Lake's Kathy's Postal Plus is a great place to go for some amazing artwork.
No matter what you're hungry for, the menu at this museum promises the perfect dish for you.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Take an in-depth look at some beautiful art pieces at this art museum and go home with some inspiration.
Arts Council of Big Bear in Big Bear Lake is a fun museum that features the finest art pieces in town, making it a hit for visitors of all ages.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So come wander through some beautiful art exhibits at this museum and discover a new side of art.
Embrace your inner artist and make a wonderful masterpiece with some supplies from Rachal's Art Center in Yucaipa.
What kind of artwork catches your eye? Swing by this store for a look at some of the finest pieces in town.
The goodies here will work wonders for your wall including mirrors.
This store features stunning works of handcrafted art that are easy on any eye.
You can find parking easily in one of their many available spaces.
When paint is running low or you need a fresh stack of paper, come to Rachal's Art Center for the best art supplies in Yucaipa.
Looking for a unique art museum? Head on over to Oak Glen School Museum in Yucaipa and browse through a wide variety of art pieces.
Whether you're looking for a quick snack or a full meal, the restaurant at this museum is sure to dish out something delicious.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly activities at this museum just as much as mom and dad.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.