November Newsletter

November Newsletter

November Newsletter

At Safari West, much of our daily work deals with scarcity. As a wildlife preserve and conservation breeding facility, we’re constantly working to help disappearing ecosystems, declining populations, and endangered species. That may be why we love Thanksgiving as much as we do. The spirit of Thanksgiving is all about recognizing the bounty of the Earth and being thankful for what we have. It’s a beautiful annual reminder that while many of our creatures are facing tremendous challenges today, the fact that they continue to exist is something to appreciate. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of conservation work, and being reminded to step back and appreciate how far we’ve come is a much needed encouragement.

We’ve long cared for a herd of scimitar horned oryx, a species that has been extinct in the wild for nearly 30 years. This year a grand reintroduction project began in Chad and even now wild oryx are roaming through their ancestral range once again. Our rhinos are members of a species facing tremendous persecution in the wild, but just a few months ago nearly 200 countries came together at the CITES conference to establish new protections for them. In our aviary, we house a small flock of Waldrapp Ibises, the most endangered birds on property. In the last year, their wild population has actually grown. They’ve gone from roughly 300 individuals left in the wild to 600! Good news is all around us if we just take a moment to appreciate it.

November is a beautiful time at Safari West as autumn begins a slow shift toward winter. It’s a little quieter, a little cooler, and as Thanksgiving approaches, even the most diligently hardworking among our dedicated staff are encouraged to take a breath and appreciate what we have here. This is a wonderful place filled with incredible creatures and we are lucky to have the greatest people in the world helping us keep it going. Even beyond that, the guests who come visit our preserve each year are some of the most inquisitive, thoughtful, charismatic people we’ve ever had the privilege to meet.

We’re thankful for everything Safari West has given to us over the years, and deeply honored that your patronage has allowed us to continue our conservation work. Thank you all so very much and Happy Thanksgiving!

Nancy & Peter Lang
Founders of Safari West

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