|Location||Sonoma County, California, United States|
|Land area||400 acres (160 ha)|
|No. of animals||over 1000|
|No. of species||98|
The selection of wildlife emphasizes species native to Africa, including giraffes, rhinoceros, cape buffalo, watusi cattle, cheetahs, zebras, hyenas, primates and numerous species of birds. The park engages in research, education, conservation, and breeding programs that, through exchanges with other zoos and parks, keep the gene pool healthy for the species that are involved in the program. The park is also home to species that are extinct in the wild.
The park, one of only six accredited private zoological facilities in the United States, combines wild animal care with vacation lodging. The establishment was started in the early 1970s by Peter Lang on a cattle ranch in Beverly Hills, California owned by his father Otto Lang, the famed ski instructor, film producer and director who worked on Sun Valley Serenade, Call Northside 777, 5 Fingers, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, Search for Paradise, Tora! Tora! Tora!, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Sea Hunt, Flipper, and Daktari. Peter, inspired by his father's work with animals on the television shows, including Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion and Judy the Chimp on Daktari, began to keep wild animals on the ranch.
After selling the Beverly Hills property in 1989 for use as a park, Peter Lang moved the operation to its present location on a former sheep ranch near Santa Rosa, California. In 1993, he opened it to children's tours, and later added overnight lodging, safari tours, and a restaurant. As of 2017, Safari West had over 1000 animals of approximately 98 animal species.