Safari West: California’s Wine Country’s Premiere Safari Experience

Safari West is a 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.

Safari West Giraffe

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 director who worked on 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, 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 2004, it had about 350 animals of approximately 50 animal species.[3][4]

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