Michel Nolan, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/05/2012 07:10:57 AM PDT

BIG BEAR LAKE – Here’s what’s new at the zoo.

The latest development in the Moonridge Animal Park’s relocation project is an artist’s nearly complete 3D scale model of the new wolf enclosure.

Third District Supervisor Neil Derry has spearheaded the effort to push the relocation along.

“This should be a very nice project,” Derry said. “A Disney artist is working on the project model.”

The model unveiling is set for 3 to 4 p.m. May 21 at the Big Bear Parks and Rec office, 41220 Park Ave., Big Bear Lake.

The zoo’s new site is a 10.4-acre parcel in the Moonridge area of Big Bear Lake.

“The property was purchased at a cost of $2.1million – a steal in that area. The new site is near utilities and needs minimal grading,” Derry said. “We’ll develop 7.5 acres for the zoo, and the rest will be a riperian area.”

Plans for a beer garden are also in the works.

An environmental report should be completed by August, Derry said.

“The best-case scenario would be to have a possible grand opening one year after that – August 2013,” he said.

The project is in the Initial Study review process.

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