Due to the local wildfires, we are unfortunately cancelling all overnight lodging until March 1, 2018.
Currently, Safari Tours and other activities are cancelled through November 12th until further notice.
While our property is currently safe, the surrounding area is not and we have many road closures blocking our property from visitors as well as extreme air quality issues.
We have refunded all charges made for your reservations thus far. Some banks may take a few days to process the refund, so be sure to monitor your account for the refund to be reflected.
We sincerely apologize that we have been unable to call you personally, and we 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
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
FIRE UPDATE: Wednesday 1:45pm
FIRE UPDATE: Wednesday 12:00pm
We are hearing of 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
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 stay 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.