Author: Jared Paddock

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Safari West staff and conservation writer.

Happy International Cheetah Day!

A Special Day for a Speedy Creature On December 4th, please join Safari West in celebrating the 7th annual International Cheetah Day. We, and our fellow AZA institutions, celebrate this annual...

December 4, 2017 by Jared Paddock

Life After the Fires

Disaster Strikes For nearly a month, the Tubbs fire raged throughout Sonoma County. It destroyed homes and businesses indiscriminately, and tragically, cost far too many lives. Here at Safari West, many of...

November 9, 2017 by Jared Paddock

Safari West Fire Updates

Dear Guests, 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...

October 9, 2017 by Jared Paddock

A Name for Number 37!

Big News for Baby! We recently celebrated the birth of the 37th giraffe baby to enter the world here at Safari West. On August 30th our oldest and tallest giraffe, Jamala delivered...

September 15, 2017 by Jared Paddock

Safari Spotlight: The Fischer’s Lovebird

Author's Note: This edition of Safari Spotlight is a special one for me. My fiancee, Kelsey Fisher and I have spent a great deal of time watching the Fischer's lovebirds at...

September 15, 2017 by Jared Paddock

Conservation Corner: A Disaster in Plastic

Water, Water, Everywhere Plastic. What an amazing material. These days, we use it in virtually everything. Reading this on a computer, phone, or tablet? You can thank plastic. Wearing synthetic fabric?...

September 15, 2017 by Jared Paddock

A Safari West Exclusive with Winecountry.com!

Experience the best with Safari West and WineCountry.com! We are pleased to announce an exclusive Sonoma County excursion! Living and working in the heart of wine country, we've always tried to...

August 17, 2017 by Jared Paddock

Happy World Elephant Day!

What would the world be like without the majestic elephant? This is a question we hope never to answer and the motivation behind World Elephant Day. Since its inception five years ago,...

August 12, 2017 by Jared Paddock

Safari Spotlight: Taveta Golden Weaver

Each day at Safari West a small army of keepers and groundskeepers crisscross the property. Their activities go largely unnoticed as they trim grass, prune trees, and shear hedges. What...

August 7, 2017 by Jared Paddock

Baby Tarra Joins the Tower!

Happy Birthday! For the second time in 2017, Safari West proudly announces the arrival of a bouncing baby giraffe! Our proud mama and attending keepers welcomed baby Tarra on Wednesday, July 26th. Though she's already...

August 1, 2017 by Jared Paddock

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Baby Tarra Joins the Tower!