October Newsletter

October Newsletter

October Newsletter

Our annual Safari West Wildlife Foundation fundraiser is right around the corner. This October the 14th, Nancy and I cordially invite you to attend Daktari!

This year, I’ve been asked to recount how this all got started. I’ll tell the story of my childhood in Hollywood and how I got to meet lions and chimpanzees on the sets of shows like Daktari and Sea Hunt; all while my Dad was laying out shots and directing actors. The amazing animals I encountered fascinated me and that fascination has never faded. In those early days I discovered a passion that would one day lead to the hills of Sonoma County and the founding of Safari West.

As proud as I am of this wildlife preserve, I am equally proud of the Safari West Wildlife Foundation. Part of why Nancy and I started this place was to make it possible for children get face-to-face with animals they may never have a chance to see otherwise. The foundation works diligently to ensure that all children share that opportunity, regardless of economic background. The foundation sponsors school field trips and operates our Junior Keeper Program; a head start program for those who want to work in this fascinating field.

Over the last twenty-three years these programs have proven highly successful. We’ve had thousands upon thousands of underserved students join us on safari thanks to foundation sponsorship and graduates of the Junior Keeper program are even now working at zoos across the country. In fact, four of our alumni have gone on to become exotic animal veterinarians! I’m proud that Safari West could play a role in giving these young professionals a head start.

With support from friends like you, we’re currently introducing over 15,000 kids a year to the opportunities that exist in the world of zoos and aquariums. We’re still growing, developing, and refining our programs and we would be honored if you would contribute to the foundation that funds this work.

Our goal is the inspiration and nurturing of wildlife advocates and with you by our side, we can make ever greater strides in pursuing that wish.

Nancy & Peter Lang
Founders of Safari West

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