Due to the recent wildfires, all overnight lodging will remain closed until March 1, 2018.
At this point, we hope to be able to resume offering Safari Tours by November 20th, 2017.
We have refunded all charges for reservations canceled due to the fire. Some banks may take several weeks to process the refund, so be sure to monitor your account for the refund to be reflected.
Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. Please don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
FIRE UPDATE: Monday 3:15pm
It is with a tremendous sense of relief that I report that the Tubbs fire is now 70% contained. While members of our staff remain evacuated and at risk, I hope we may be close to seeing the end of this disaster.
At the Safari West Wildlife Preserve, our keepers and their animal charges are returning to their old routines while around them our maintenance staff work to rebuild what was damaged. It will be some time before we’re back to where we were, but we have high hopes for the future.
Although conditions remain in flux, at this point our expected reopenings are as follows:
- Safari tours are expected to resume on November 20th.
- The Safari West test camp will reopen in March of 2018.
- *These dates are subject to change. Please visit www.safariwest.com for our most up to date projections.
I want to thank all of you for following along with us throughout the course of this crisis. Your ongoing support means the world to all of us who work at Safari West and believe in the importance of its conservation mission. We will continue to push forward with our efforts even as we do what we can to help our friends, neighbors, and community. This last week has been a changing point for all of us in the North Bay. We have suffered much together but we will also recover together. Thank you for all that you have done to help us and to help one another. I hope that we’ll soon be able to welcome all of you back to Safari West.
FIRE UPDATE: Friday 9:30am
Good morning all. Thankfully, we have very little to report at this time. While we’re still in the midst of an active fire, things are relatively calm at the Safari West Wildlife Preserve. The animals are safe and accounted for with full bellies and plenty of water to drink.
To that end, we’d like to mention our friends and neighbors at MOLSBERY MARKET. Molsberry Market sits at the bottom of the hill leading to Safari West and for years has been a go-to lunch spot for many of us at Safari West. Joe Molsberry and his team have also been tremendously impacted by this fire and yet even while dealing with their own struggles, they reached out to us. Joe and the Molsberry Market family have coordinated with our keeper staff to make all of their produce available for our animals!
To Joe and the Molsberry team, from all of us at Safari West; thank you so, so much.
This is just one example of the surging wave of kindness and community on display throughout Sonoma, Napa, and surrounding counties. Please continue to look out for and care for each other. Together we’ll get through this.
FIRE UPDATE: Thursday 8:00pm
We continue to be humbled and amazed by the amount of love and support we have received from all of you. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts.
After another full day of hard work, the Safari West Wildlife Preserve remains in good shape. We continue to care for the animals and increase the fire defenses. At this point, active fires continue to burn close to Safari West so we’re not in the clear yet.
Please continue to keep us in your thoughts. While we are cautiously optimistic about the future, we’ve all seen how quickly this fire can change. Best of luck to all of you out there dealing with this disaster. Take care of each other and stay safe.
FIRE UPDATE: Wednesday 5:30pm
Thank you, everyone, for bearing with us as this situation continues to unfold. The area surrounding Safari West remains evacuated and closed off. Please do not attempt to reach Safari West at this time. While we have been able to get some Safari West employees on site, this has only been possible through coordination with CHP and other emergency services and for the purpose of protecting Safari West. Please help us in making sure these roads stay clear for the firefighters.
Conditions at Safari West remain largely unchanged. The animals are safe, secure, and surprisingly relaxed considering the situation. Our crews worked throughout the day to tend to the animals and bolster defenses around the preserve. This fire is far from contained and CalFire anticipates critical conditions to continue throughout the night.
An increasing number of fund-raising sites have appeared in recent hours. While some or even all these sites may well be legitimate, we at Safari West are neither requesting donations nor are we operating any kind of fund-raising activities at this time. We continue to request that donations be directed toward our fire-impacted friends and neighbors throughout the affected area instead.
Thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts. Hopefully, this will be a good night and we’ll see more progress on these fires tomorrow. Take care of each other and stay safe out there.
FIRE UPDATE: Wednesday 1:45pm
We’re receiving many offers to help from those of you with horse trailers and places to house animals. At this particular time, we are well taken care of, but many of our friends and neighbors are not. Please check the news and your social media feeds for calls for aid from others in the area and help them if you can. We’re all in this together.
FIRE UPDATE: Wednesday 12:00pm
SAFARI WEST DOES NOT NEED WATER AT THIS TIME.
We are hearing a rumor that Safari West needs water. Let us assure you that this is not the case. There are several wells supplying Safari West and our animals and staff on site are well supplied. Please do not attempt to approach Safari West at this time. Thank you.
FIRE UPDATE: Wednesday 11:00am
Good morning everybody. While we’re far from through with this ongoing disaster, there have been a few bright spots in the last 24 hours. We now have a good crew working back up at the preserve and are happy to report that the animals are doing amazingly well.
While Safari West is standing, there are repairs to be made and much work to be done. We also want to allow our animals ample time to rest and recover after this stressful week. As a precaution, we are suspending all existing reservations through the end of the month at this time.
Peter and Nancy Lang would like to offer their deepest thanks to all of you who’ve kept track of us and sent us your offers of love and support over the last few days. They ask that rather than raising money on their behalf, you focus your attention on the greater Safari West family and the fire-affected community at large.
Please continue to watch this page and Safariwest.com for updates. Thank you all so much for keeping us in your thoughts. Take care of each other and be safe out there.
FIRE UPDATE: Tuesday 8:50pm
Thank you for all the messages of love and support. So many of you have offered to donate money or establish funds in our name and we are stunned and humbled by your generosity. Please, if you do feel compelled to make a donation, direct it to a charity or organization that benefits all the victims of this terrible event. Our Safari West family has suffered but we are not alone and our fellow citizens of Sonoma, Napa, and surrounding counties are all dealing with the same heartache and loss. Thank you again for thinking of us.
Today we were able to get some core staff back on site to tend to animals and deal with some of the damage. We are still working to assess the situation and won’t have a full idea of where things stand for some time. Towards the end of the day, we evacuated most of our personnel back beyond the fire lines. Tonight a skeleton crew including some keepers and a veterinarian will continue to tend to the animals and do what they can to defend the preserve.
At this point, our fences are still intact with all animals contained, accounted for, and safe.
Since the fire continues to grow and remains at 0% containment we do not know what tonight or tomorrow will bring. Please keep us in your thoughts as we work to protect Safari West.
Tuesday, October 10 – 10:30am
Thank you, everybody, for your thoughts and prayers. The status on the ground at Safari West remains much the same as reported last evening. The preserve remains intact and the animals safe and contained. However, fires continue to burn nearby and the situation is far from stabilized. Please continue to help by keeping the roadways as clear as possible and allowing our firefighters to do their work. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and please stay safe out there.
Monday, October 9 – 3:00pm
Several key Safari West personnel have been allowed to return to the preserve. We are assessing the situation as it currently stands and considering how best to move forward.
Monday, October 9 – 11:30am
Some good news! While the situation remains dynamic and very dangerous, we have received word that the Safari West Wildlife Preserve appears to have weathered the worst of this firestorm. The situation is still very much active and could take a turn, but for the moment, it looks like our preserve and our animals are ok.
We appreciate all of you so incredibly much. This morning we have been inundated with messages of support and offers of aid. Thank you so much and for those of you wishing to help, the best thing we can do right now is staying out of the way and let the firefighters work. Please stay safe out there and keep an eye on this page. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Monday, October 9 – 9:30am
Thank you to everybody who has reached out to us in the last several hours. All we can tell you at this point is that Safari West has been evacuated. At this moment, that is all the information we have. All guests on property as well as the staff were evacuated last night and like so many of our friends and neighbors, we now anxiously await reliable new information. As it comes to light, we will continue to update this page and our page on Facebook. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Stay safe everybody.