Safari West
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Safari West

Safari West is a renowned 400-acre (160 ha) private wildlife preserve located in Sonoma County, California, United States.

The selection of wildlife emphasizes species native to Africa, including giraffes, rhinoceros, cheetahs, and numerous species of birds. The park engages in 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 considered to be extinct in the wild.

The park, one of six accredited private zoos in the United States,[2] combines wild animal care with vacation lodging.[3] The establishment was started in the early 1970s on a cattle ranch in Beverly Hills, California owned by Otto Lang, a 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.[4] Peter Lang, his son, inspired by his father's interest in animals, began to keep wild animals on the ranch.[2]

After selling the Beverly Hills property, for use as a park, Peter Lang moved the operation to a larger ranch near Calistoga, California, in 1978, and then in 1989 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.[3][4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Currently Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". aza.org. AZA. Retrieved 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Jack Boulware (April 6, 2003). "The Green Hills of Sonoma:Mingling with wildlife just outside the 'burbs at Safari West". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  3. ^ a b Patricia Leigh Brown (February 10, 2006). "Where Cheetahs Roam in Deepest California". New York Times. 
  4. ^ a b Laura Kelly (October 19, 2017). "Safari West, African nature preserve threatened by California wildfires, weathers the disaster". The Washington Times. 

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