Most frequently asked questions
Safari West is a very unique property. We are a Wildlife Preserve and African tent camp…Safari West is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. However, we are not your typical zoo nor a theme park, and we’re quite different from your normal hotel. We expect questions and don’t want any of yours to go unanswered. The Safari West staff is here to make your visit more enjoyable, so please make sure we have a chance to meet you and answer any questions you may have.
We compiled the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) and started with the top several questions people ask. Then, please scroll down…these are followed by questions under specific categories. If you don’t see the answer to your question, please call or email us.
The Top Questions People ask about Safari West
- What kind of place is Safari West?
- Is Safari West a non-profit organization?
- We were just driving by…Can we drop in and walk around to look at the animals?
- How much does it cost to visit Safari West?
- Do you allow pets?
- What kind of animals do you have at Safari West?
- Can we pet the animals?
- Can we feed the animals?
- What happens if it rains?
- What else is there to do?
- Do I need a sleeping bag, is there a bathroom in the tent…what is a luxury tent?
- Will my cell phone work at Safari West?
- Can I drive up to my tent cabin and leave my car parked there?
About Safari West
- What is the purpose of Safari West?
- Are you a zoo?
- How long has Safari West been around?
- How many people visit Safari West every year?
- Who owns Safari West?
- Tell me about Peter Lang.
- Who is Nancy Lang?
- Why did the Lang’s choose to locate Safari West in Napa/Sonoma Wine County?
- How can I work at Safari West?
- What is the long term goal of Safari West?
- Why visit Safari West?
Safari West Animals
- What kind of animals do you have?
- How many animals live at Safari West?
- What is the feeding time for the animals at Safari West?
- Can we watch when the animals get fed?
- Can we feed the animals?
- What happens to the animals when it rains?
- Are the animals warm enough in the winter?
- Do the animals have enough to do? Are they content?
- Can we pet the animals?
Safaris and Other Wild Activities
- What happens on a Safari West Classic Safari?
- If we are just driving by, can we stop in and hop on the next safari?
- What time is the best tour to take?
- What happens when it rains?
- Do you have safaris accessible to guests with disabilities?
- Do you have seat belts on the safari trucks?
- I’m pregnant…is it safe for me to go on the safari truck?
- What age range is appropriate for the safari?
- Can my child under three years of age ride on the seat next to me?
- Can I take food on the safari?
- What about the exotic birds?
- Can I book a private safari truck?
- Is it possible to arrange a special wildlife photography safari at Safari West?
- Do you have special animal encounters?
- What type of lodging is available at Safari West?
- What is it like to stay in a safari tent cabin?
- Do I need to bring camping gear, food, or linens to stay at Safari West?
- Do you have tent cabins that are accessible?
- Is there a phone in the tent?
- Is there internet access at Safari West?
- Is there a television in the tent?
- Do I have to leave my tent in the middle of the night to use the restroom?
- Do the animals wander around outside the tents at night?
- Can the animals get into my tent at night?
- What are your rates for spending the night?
- Do you really have a two night minimum stay?
- What does “selected days only” mean?
- Do you offer any specials?
Other Services and Amenities
- Does Safari West have a restaurant facility?
- Does Safari West offer massage?
- Can we go hiking on the property?
- Do you allow pets?
- I saw a dog running around at Safari West, how come I can’t bring my dog?
- How do I find out about special events at Safari West?
- Do you allow service animals?
Safari West Wildlife Foundation
- What is the Safari West Wildlife Foundation?
- Is your organization a 501(c)?
- How does the Foundation support Safari West?
- Describe the Foundation’s mission and the year it was incorporated.
- How can I make a donation to the Safari West Wildlife Foundation?
- What is Discover Africa?
The Top Questions People ask about Safari West
What kind of place is Safari West?
Safari West is proud to provide an authentic African adventure right here in the heart of California wine country! Our facility covers over 400-acres of oak-studded hillsides and Sonoma County grasslands. Our collections currently house nearly 1,000 animals representing over 90 distinct species, mostly comprised of African antelopes, primates, and predators, plus a variety of avian life from around the globe. Explore the Sonoma Serengeti on an African wildlife safari or relax in your luxury tent under the gaze of a graceful giraffe… The closest you can get to Africa without a passport! Safari West is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. However, Safari West is open to the public only by advanced reservations. Safari West is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. However, Safari West is open to the public only by advanced reservations.
Is Safari West a non-profit organization?
Safari West is a private facility. However, the foundation (Safari West Wildlife Foundation) is a 501(c) (3) Tax ID. No. 91-1837240 nonprofit organization created to support the objectives of Safari West. The Foundation’s main goal is to secure and preserve the legacy of Safari West for future generations and beyond. For more information, please visit the Safari West Wildlife Foundation website.
We were just driving by…Can we drop in and walk around to look at the animals?
No. Admission and reservations are required to visit Safari West. The safety of our guests and the well-being of our animals are extremely important to us.
How much does it cost to visit Safari West?
Please check our Pricing page for current rates.
Do you allow pets?
No. Please make other arrangements for the care of your pet before coming to Safari West, as we do not allow pets on the property. This is for the safety of your pet, our guest as well as the safety of our animals. This extends to bringing your pet and leaving the animal in your vehicle while out on tour. Our staff will notify the office if they notice an animal in a vehicle in our parking lot.
What kind of animals do you have at Safari West?
Safari West Wildlife Preserve is home to over eighty species of animals. We have cheetah, giraffe, lemurs, addax, cape buffalo, and zebra to name a few. We do not have elephants, lions, or tigers. You can see a full species list here.
Can we pet the animals?
No. We cannot allow guests to touch our animals, as they are wild and can be very dangerous. This very firm rule is for your safety.
Can we feed the animals?
No, Safari West does not allow feeding of the animals by guests. The only exception is when you experience one of our special animal encounters under the direct supervision of one of our knowledgeable safari guides.
What happens if it rains?
You will get wet…We put on rain gear and head out on tour! In the event of extreme weather, a tour may be canceled for safety reasons. Cancellation policies in the event of extreme weather are available from our reservations department.
What else is there to do?
A visit to Safari West is an opportunity to reconnect to nature by taking time out of your busy schedule to relax and take part in the many activities we offer. In addition to our Classic Safari, we offer an exciting variety of private animal encounters, educational animal presentations, Swedish pressure-point massage and good food, and good company.
Do I need a sleeping bag, is there a bathroom in the tent…what is a luxury tent?
If you have booked a reservation to stay in one of our safari tent cabins, expect that it will be like staying in any hotel. Linens, towels, and toiletries are provided in the tent cabins. The tent cabins are equipped with comfortable beds…we call it “glamping”.
Will my cell phone work at Safari West?
The majority of cell phones and plans do not work at Safari West except for a few hot spots (way up on the hill and sometimes down in the parking lot). Generally, only high-end global satellite phones will work on Safari West property.
*The above applies to all cell phone carriers except AT&T as there is now service to Safari West and the surrounding areas.
Can I drive up to my tent cabin and leave my car parked there?
We’re sorry. For safety reasons, we do not allow guests to drive up to their tent cabins. Our staff will take you and your luggage up to your tent cabin at check-in and bring you and your luggage back to your vehicle at check-out in one of our Safari West vehicles. The only exception to this is for our two accessible tent cabins which have an accessible parking space right outside the tent cabin.
About Safari West
What is the purpose of Safari West?
Our Passion is to Inspire a Meaningful Commitment to Wildlife
The mission of Safari West is to actively promote conservation, environmental education, and share knowledge that will help each individual make personal choices in regards to the environment and conservation efforts.
The non-profit arm is Safari West Wildlife Foundation.
Are you a zoo?
Safari West is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. However, Safari West is not your typical zoo or a theme park, nor are we a drive-through park. We are an African Wildlife Preserve and African Tent Camp. Safari West Wildlife Preserve is a private facility whose primary focus is on conservation through education. We are privately owned and our only source of income is from our guests. We have a lot of mouths to feed with our eight hundred animals. When you pay for safaris, overnight stays in our tents, and other services at Safari West, you are helping to feed and care for the beautiful new animal friends you will meet during your stay here. With friends like you, we can continue our mission to teach and promote conservation now and in the future.
How long has Safari West been around?
Safari West was founded in 1989 as a private ranch for breeding and species propagation. In 1992, Safari West gained membership in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, one of only six private facilities in North America to belong to that prestigious organization. We soon added children’s tours. In 1993 we opened our doors to safaris for both adults and children.
How many people visit Safari West every year?
We host over sixty thousand persons annually – families, students and business travelers.
Who owns Safari West?
Safari West is owned by Nancy and Peter Lang. Peter handles the larger animals and Nancy is in charge of the aviaries.
Tell me about Peter Lang.
Safari West is the vision of Peter Lang. Peter was raised around exotic wildlife, thanks to his film and television director father Otto Lang, whose credits include “Daktari,” “Flipper” and “Sea Hunt,” among others. Peter is an accomplished wood sculptor and woodworker and has sculpted out of wood realistic replicas of skulls and horn structures of many of the African animal species found at Safari West. You can see one of Peter’s wooden Kudu skull sculptures in our Elephant Room. Peter also is a licensed contractor and operated his own urban tree lumber sawmill on the property and is responsible for much of the building and design of Safari West. When Peter is not on the ranch, he enjoys off-road auto racing (he participates in all the current circuits) and deep-sea fishing with his many good friends. Like Safari West, Peter enjoys an exciting sense of adventure!
Who is Nancy Lang?
Nancy and Peter married in 1993. They met in Africa while on a Safari holiday. At the time she was the curator of the avian collection at the San Francisco Zoo. It was love at first sight…together they lived at Safari West amongst the animals and wildlife they love. Nancy has a Ph.D. in zoological biology and is a raptor specialist. In the past, she has taught a zoological class at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Why did the Lang’s choose to locate Safari West in Napa/Sonoma Wine County?
The weather is ideal, the combination of grassland and forest are similar to Africa, the neighbors are friendly, there is plenty of water, plus it’s wine country and paradise! Indeed… a sip of chardonnay pairs marvelously with a spot of cheetah!
How can I work at Safari West?
We are always looking for friendly faces and team players at Safari West. If you are interested in employment with us, gather up your resume and visit our employment page on the website for information on how to apply.
What is the long-term goal of Safari West?
Our long-term goal for Safari West is to transform the preserve into a non-profit wildlife, conservation and educational facility overseen by the Safari West Wildlife Foundation.
Why visit Safari West?
A visit to Safari West is an opportunity to reconnect with nature by taking time out of your busy schedule to relax and take part in the many activities we offer. In addition to our Classic Safari, we offer private safaris, an exciting variety of private animal encounters, educational animal presentations, school field trips, overnight stays in our authentic tent cabins, conference facilities, overnight packages, Swedish pressure-point massage, good food, and good company.
Safari West Animals
What kind of animals do you have?
Safari West Wildlife Preserve is home to over eighty species of animals. Our mammals are native to Africa and our birds are native to many different places around the world. You can view some of our animals in our photo galleries on our website. See our full species list.
How many animals live at Safari West?
There are around 800 hundred individual animals at Safari West.
What is the feeding time for the animals at Safari West?
Some animals are fed once and others twice a day, in the morning and in the afternoon. Diets are AZA-approved and species-dependent. Some diets are tailored specifically for some individuals.
Can we watch when the animals get fed?
Generally, if you are present when feeding time occurs you can watch the process. With some of our animals, for safety reasons for the keepers and the animals, we ask that you do not remain in the area when the keepers enter the habitats. Our staff will let you know if this is the case.
Can we feed the animals?
No. Safari West does not allow feeding of the animals by guests. The only exception would be if you were on a special animal encounter tour under the direct supervision of one of our knowledgeable guides. In this case, you would be feeding only our approved diet to the animals which we would provide. All other feedings of the animals are prohibited at Safari West, even picking up a leaf off the ground and feeding it to a giraffe is not allowed. While at Safari West, as one who cares about animals’ well-being, the example you set will cue other guests around you. If they see you feed a leaf from a distance, they might believe that feeding the animals is alright and proceed to feed the giraffe a candy bar or other inappropriate food type. Yes…this has happened! And, the giraffe became very ill. Lucky for everyone, the giraffe eventually recovered!
What happens to the animals when it rains?
Most animals like rain. We do provide shelter for all of our animals and they can move in and out of the shelters at will within their habitats. If you come to visit Safari West and it rains, rest assured, you will still see animals.
Are the animals warm enough in the winter?
Yes, they are. We provide heated environments for those of our animal species that require a little more heat in the cold months. In general, most of our animals thrive in our Northern California Mediterranean-type climate, rain or shine.
Do the animals have enough to do? Are they content?
When you visit Safari West you will notice that the majority of our animals have very large habitats. In the larger habitats, the natural environment around the animals provides their enrichment by mimicking the large open or wooded habitats the species would live in within their native environment. In the smaller habitats in the lower area of the preserve, we provide enrichment in the form of environmental features and in some cases, handler interactive specialized activities.
Can we pet the animals?
No. It is not permissible to pet the animals at Safari West. The animals at Safari West are wild. They are not pets and they have not been raised as pets. This very firm rule is for your safety.
Safaris and Other Wild Activities
What happens on a Safari West Classic Safari?
You will spend an unforgettable morning or afternoon on safari with your knowledgeable guide and your fellow safari adventurers in an open-air jeep style vehicle tracking and learning about exotic and endangered wildlife including African cape buffalo, impala, eland, zebra, scimitar-horned oryx, addax, Nile lechwe, and blue wildebeest. If you’re lucky, you could look a giraffe in the eye! The safari either ends or begins with a walk on the lower premises of Safari West where your safari guide will introduce you to African cheetahs, lemurs, and giant porcupines, among others.
If we are just driving by, can we stop in and hop on the next safari?
Our safaris are by reservation only. Reservations must be made in advance by contacting our reservations department. Occasionally there are last minute cancellations that may open up seating on our safaris. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and check-in at our front office for more information.
What time is the best time to go on a safari?
All of our safaris are great! Rain or shine, morning or afternoon, you will see most of our species. You are not guaranteed to see all of our animals, or any particular species, as they roam Sonoma Serengeti. Our safari guides are very knowledgeable and dedicated to the Safari West mission of conservation through education.
What happens when it rains?
We put on rain gear and head out on safari! In the event of extreme weather, a safari may be canceled for safety reasons. Cancellation policies in the event of extreme weather are available from our reservations department.
Do you have safaris accessible to guests with disabilities?
Our classic safari vehicles are customized Dodge Power Wagons and are not ADA accessible and unfortunately are not equipped to handle wheelchairs or other mobility assisting devices. If a guest utilizing a wheelchair can safely transfer themselves unaided or with the assistance of a family member, friend, or personal assistant, the Classic Safari Tour remains a viable option.
Please note: The paratransit vehicle used at Safari West was destroyed during the Tubbs Fire. This vehicle was used by guests unable to transfer into our vintage Dodge Power Wagons or who chose a less jarring ride for medical reasons. Please be assured we are working very hard to replace our paratransit van. In the meantime, please call before you book the safari tour so we may assist with regards to your safari adventure.
We request that arrangements for an ASL Interpreter be made at least two weeks in advance of your visit. Should this not be possible, you are also welcome to bring a certified ASL interpreter at no additional charge. Should this not be possible, reasonable accommodations will be provided such as a complimentary safari for the signer or the hearing impaired guest.
With advance notice, a tactile tour may be provided for a guest who is visually impaired. A sighted companion will almost always accompany a visually impaired visitor. Should this not be the case, the guest will be accompanied by one of our guest service personnel.
Do you have seat belts on the safari trucks?
There are seat belts on the top seating bench only. The rest of the seats on the trucks (except for the passenger cab seat in some trucks) do not have seat belts at this time.
I’m pregnant…is it safe for me to go on the safari truck?
Our Classic Safari can be quite bumpy at times. This portion of the safari on the truck is approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours long. There are no restroom facilities available during this portion. In the event of extreme hot or cold weather, you may be uncomfortable. We cannot advise you as to whether or not it is safe for you to go on safari when you are pregnant. Your decision is ultimately your own. Please seek the advice of your doctor before engaging in any activity that may put you or your unborn baby at risk during pregnancy.
What age range is appropriate for the safaris?
For the safety and enjoyment of all our guests, children must be 4 years or older to participate in a Classic Safari. While the walking portion of the safari is great for kids of any age (even those who need a little help walking!) we have found that younger children can sometimes need extra attention on the driving portion of the safari, and this can be distracting to the other visitors. If the rest of your party is experiencing the full classic Safari Adventure, one adult can enjoy the walking portion with the toddler for the cost of $45, and the cost for the toddler is waived. Safari West continues to pride itself on being a wonderful and unique destination for the whole family. We introduce this age guideline to help ensure the experience is enjoyable for all of our valued guests. Private safaris are an excellent option for families – please ask our Reservations Agents.
Can my child under four years of age ride on the seat next to me?
If you are booking a private safari and have a child under four: There are no seat belts on our trucks at this time, we ask that you keep children under three on your lap and hold on to them. The ride can get a little bumpy at times.
Can I take food on the safari?
Guests are not allowed to take food out on the Classic Safari, but water bottles are welcome.
Reservations for lunch or dinner at our Savannah Café should be made in advance.
What about the exotic birds?
As part of the walking portion, your safari guide will also take you to visit our walk-through aviary where many beautiful birds from around the world surround the very footpath you will walk on including the brilliantly colored scarlet ibis and the unusual African spoonbill. Watch the birds building nests or tending their young during the breeding season.
Can I book a private safari truck?
Yes, you can. We offer very exclusive, private wine and cheese safaris. A sip of chardonnay pairs marvelously with a spot of cheetah. You and your special guest or guests get one of our very knowledgeable safari guides all to yourself for three hours. Bring your questions or just relax and enjoy the view! We also offer a variety of other private and specialty safari experiences.
Is it possible to arrange a special wildlife photography safari at Safari West?
Private photo safaris also may be arranged based upon availability. Please contact our reservations department at email@example.com or (800) 61602695 / (707) 566-3667 for more information. We also have a Photo Workshop with professional photographer John Burgess at select times of the year. Please visit our Calendar for dates and more information.
Do you have special animal encounters?
Guests at Safari West have the opportunity to enjoy very special Private Animal Encounters such as Behind the Scenes tours, Fast Cat Alley (a special behind the scenes interactive encounter exclusively with our cheetahs), Animal Presentations, plus Keeper of the Day. These activities are by advanced reservation only and must be made through our Private Animal Encounters Department.
What type of lodging is available at Safari West?
The Safari West tent camp adventure, of course! Safari West’s Tent Camp Adventure treats our guests to a luxury African tent camp experience in the heart of California’s Napa/Sonoma wine country.
What is it like to stay in a safari tent cabin?
This is an African Tent camp…it works differently than your normal hotel. The heavy-lined canvas with thick plastic windows that form the walls is imported from Africa and the furniture is crafted almost entirely on-site from local wood. We expect questions and to make your stay with us more enjoyable, we have a few tips to keep in mind. Click here.
Do I need to bring camping gear, food, or linens to stay at Safari West?
If you have booked a reservation to stay in one of our safari tent cabins, expect that it will be like staying in any hotel. Linens, towels, and toiletries are provided in the tent cabins. The tent cabins are equipped with comfortable beds…we call it “glamping”. Coolers are provided on the decks of the tent cabins and you are welcome to bring your own food to put in them for a late night snack. However, we do have a restaurant on site. Continental breakfast is included with an overnight stay. If you wish to have lunch and/or dinner with us, please be sure to make reservations.
Do you have tent cabins that are accessible?
Yes, we do. There are two accessible tent cabins with seating and rails in the showers and bathrooms, ramps to the deck and entryway, and both have parking next to the cabin.
Is there a phone in the tent?
There are no phones in the tent cabins at Safari West. If you need to make a phone call while visiting us, guests may use the phones available at the front desk in our office.
Is there internet access at Safari West?
Yes. We offer wireless internet access to our overnight guests (available in our café). Ask how to access it at the office.
Is there a television in the tent?
There is no television in the tent. When you come to Safari West, the idea is to get away from it all and experience the next best thing to being in Africa. Additionally, the tents are not soundproof and having a television on until late into the night would disturb your fellow guests. There are outlets in the tents and you can bring your laptop or a portable DVD player to watch movies if you like. We do ask that you keep the volume down or use headphones to be a good neighbor.
Do I have to leave my tent in the middle of the night to use the restroom?
Absolutely not! All of our tent cabins have fully equipped bathrooms as a second room. The bathrooms have tiled floors with roomy hot showers, flushing toilets (just like in a house), and sinks with hot and cold running water.
Do the animals wander around outside the tents at night?
No, and…yes… The animals are nearby and roaming around. However, they remain within their habitats 24 hours per day for your safety. You will hear lots of jungle sounds during the night and you might spot wildebeests on the hill from your window, but you won’t find any of our animals unescorted on your deck or under your tent cabin at any time… We can’t guarantee it, but, you may wake in the morning to see a giraffe peering at you with their big brown eyes from across the road…on the other side of the fence of course!
Can the animals get into my tent at night?
No, the Safari West animals cannot. As a wildlife preserve, we take the safety of our guests and our animal care very seriously. Our dedicated staff works diligently to keep fencing secure at all times. There is, however, local wildlife and we cannot guarantee that a raccoon or other local wildlife will not sit on your deck in the middle of the night.
What are your rates for spending the night?
Our rates are seasonal. You can view current rates for lodging at Safari West on our Spend the Night page and call our guest services to inquire about specials.
Do you really have a two night minimum stay?
At this time we do not have a two-night minimum stay. You are more than welcome to stay for just one night.
What does “selected days only” mean?
Certain offerings at Safari West are discounted on selected days throughout the year. Please call our reservations department at (707) 566-3667 or 1 (800) 616-2695 or check our website regularly for dates.
Do you offer any specials?
We offer discounted rates on our safaris and tent cabins during fall, winter, and spring. We also periodically have specials. To be one of the first to know, please consider signing up for our email list!
Other Services and Amenities
Does Safari West have a restaurant facility?
Yes, we do! Join your fellow adventurers and enjoy classic safari-style fare hot off the grill. On those beautiful California days enjoy our spacious outdoor seating while watching giraffes and lemurs play. If it’s cold outside, cozy up in our indoor dining room and enjoy the beautiful artwork. Our restaurant is a little different than the normal sit down and order from the menu type of restaurant. If you want to dine with us, we have to know in advance so our chefs will cook up enough food for all! Please contact our reservations department to reserve your seat.
Does Safari West offer massage?
Yes! Guests can be pampered in the serenity of their own luxury tents with a pressure point therapy Swedish massage.
Can we go hiking on the property?
No, we currently are not offering hiking.
Do you allow pets?
No. We are sorry, but we do not allow pets at Safari West. This is for the safety of your pet, our guests as well as the safety of our animals. This extends to bringing your pet and leaving the animal in your vehicle while out on safari. Our staff will notify the office if they notice an animal in a vehicle in our parking lot. If you are out on safari, your truck will be forced to come back so that you can remove your pet from the premises, inconveniencing not only yourself but the other guests on the safari. Please make other arrangements for the care of your pet before coming to Safari West. Thank you for your understanding.
I saw a dog running around at Safari West, how come I can’t bring my dog?
There are currently four dogs that live full time at Safari West. They are working ranch dogs and they help our staff with their daily chores. We do not allow you to bring your dog for the safety of your dog as well as for the safety of our animals. For example, even a small dog running and barking at the fence line can spook a giraffe which could easily make the giraffe run right into the fence, injuring itself and possibly your dog, and our guests. Thank you for your understanding.
How do I find out about special events at Safari West?
If you are looking for upcoming events, sign up to stay in the Safari West loop and/or regularly check our calendar page.
If you want to host or book a special group at Safari West, please contact our Groups Department. We do corporate retreats!
Do you allow service animals?
We welcome guests with special needs that chose to bring their service dogs to enjoy our beautiful surroundings and learn about our wonderful animals. It is our policy to assist all guests in making their time at Safari West more enjoyable.
For our guests requiring the use of a service animal please be aware that Safari West is a wildlife preserve covering 400 acres of rough terrain – it’s not a typical zoo or a drive-through park.
Due to the nature of the facility and the proximity to wild animals, a service animal’s presence could produce undue anxiety, stress, agitation, or possibly a direct threat to the safety of our animal collection. We do ask that you review our safety guidelines:
- Service animals are permitted to visit Safari West. However, service animals are restricted in all areas where our exotic collection is not separated from our guests by a physical barrier.
- Service animals may also be restricted in certain areas due to the sensitivity of our animal collection.
- If you are spending the night, your service animal is allowed in one of our accessible tents.
- However, your service animal may not accompany you while on tour.
- If you are visiting for the day, while you are on tour, your service dog may stay with our staff in the office. We will provide water and a bowl, and it will be clean, safe and comfortable.
- Service animals must be under the direct control of the handler at all times, preferably being held by a harness or leash no more than 6 feet in length.
- Service animals must be housebroken.
- Service animals may not display vicious or aggressive behavior toward other people or animals. This includes barking and/or growling. If your service animal is disruptive at any time, you will be asked to remove your service dog from the park.
Some background to help you better understand our guidelines, Safari West is a unique setting where live exotic wild animals roam freely. In fact, Safari West is home to over 90 different species, including cheetah, giraffe, lemurs, cape buffalo, and zebra to name a few. Often giraffe, zebra, and one of the world’s most dangerous animals, the cape buffalo — will come right up to the vehicle. While Safari West’s tour guides are trained and maintain safe distances when necessary, once inside the preserve, no fences or other barriers are keeping these exotic animals away from our guests. Due to the nature of the facility and the proximity to wild animals, a service animal’s presence could constitute a direct threat to the safety of our animal collection.
Thank you for your cooperation as we strive to provide you with a safe and positive experience for yourself, your service animal, and our animal collection.
For more information or assistance regarding your visit, please do contact our office or call 707-566-3620 as the guests’ experience is a high priority for all of us at Safari West.
Safari West Wildlife Foundation
What is the Safari West Wildlife Foundation?
Safari West Wildlife Foundation (SWWF) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization created to support the objectives of Safari West. The Foundation’s main goal is to secure and preserve the legacy of Safari West for future and subsequent generations. The president is Stephanie Larson.
For more information please visit the Safari West Wildlife Foundation website.
Is your organization a 501(c)?
Safari West is a private facility. The Safari West Wildlife Foundation is a 501(c) – Tax ID No. 91-1837240.
How does the Foundation support Safari West?
With the assistance of the Foundation, Safari West has become a vital center for education and research in the Greater Bay Area. Students from all over Northern California call Safari West their Serengeti-like home, utilizing its resources for education, internships, and wildlife research.
Describe the Foundation’s mission and the year it was incorporated.
Safari West Wildlife Foundation (SWWF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was incorporated in 1997 (originally under the name Friends of Safari West).
The Safari West Wildlife Foundation is a research and educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wildlife.
The foundation helps the community develop a deeper appreciation for the natural environment and conservation through safaris, seminars, workshops, wildlife camps for children, and various other efforts.
Our Safari West Discover Africa program offers a priceless learning experience to children who might never otherwise have this opportunity. We find that even a simple and fun activity such as counting a zebra’s stripes leaves a lasting “conservation imprint” on young developing minds.
How can I make a donation to the Safari West Wildlife Foundation?
You can support the Safari West Wildlife Foundation either through a donation! Donations to SWWF help us provide scholarships for school field trip opportunities; support the costs of teacher Safari to Science workshops and advance endangered species education and research. To learn more about Donating and the Safari West Wildlife Foundation, click here.
What is Discover Africa?
Discover Africa is an educational field trip program at Safari West that is sponsored by the Safari West Wildlife Foundation. Discover Africa subsidizes the cost of one classroom Safari West field trip per month to schools that would otherwise be unable to afford this vital enrichment program. Safari West Wildlife Foundation is especially committed to giving at-risk students in our local counties and the greater Bay Area an opportunity to participate in this program. For more information on the Discover Africa program, click here.