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Big Bear Zoo fundraiser this Friday

Model for the new part at Moonridge
Model for the new part at Moonridge

Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is holding a fundraiser Friday February 7, 2014, at the Classic Club in Palm Desert. This inaugural golf tournament is sponsored by Subaru of San Bernardino.

The mission of Big Bear Alpine Zoo is

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.

The zoo, which was founded after a 1959 forest fire that injured many animals, is primarily a rehabilitation center. An orphaned 30-pound baby black bear and two bobcats were the first residents of the future Zoo. They rescue and rehabilitate wild animals, in addition to housing permanent residents for the public to view.

Funds raised at the tournament will be dedicated to building a new Himalayan Habitat for the Big Bear Alpine Zoo’s newest residents, Asha and Shanti, two sister Snow Leopards who will arrive this Spring. The new Himalayan Habitat will be dedicated to Subaru of San Bernardino as the premier sponsor of the tournament.

The Himalayan Snow Leopard is an endangered species; Asha and Shanti were born in May 2012 as part of Species Survival Breeding Program in an effort to save the species from extinction. Unfortunately, both of the sisters were born with a genetic disease which impacts their eyes. Because of this, the Species Survival Program will be not use them for breeding and they will come to Big Bear to act as Animal Ambassador’s for the species.

Sponsorships are still available and players can register for the event by contacting Lorie Judd at (909) 866-9700.

43285 Goldmine Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA

General Information: (909) 584-1299

Group Tours & Zoo Camp Information: (909) 866-9700
Gift Store: (909) 584-1171
Injured Animal Hotline: (909) 584-1299
Big Bear Alpine Zoo Curator’s Office: (909) 584-1299

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