Take a trip on an African safari

September 4, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
It is not often that you get to see wild animals in a natural habitat. At Sonoma County's Safari West, there are over 400 exotic mammals and birds for the whole family to enjoy. Leigh Glaser visited there recently for a little slice of Africa in the wine country.

About Safari West

The natural world awaits you... Faster is not always better. In a world increasingly dominated by technology, instant communication and instant gratification, Safari West stands as a tangible testament to the joy of the natural world, where the pace of life is dictated not by deadlines, but by nature. Nestled on 400 acres in the heart of California's wine country, Safari West is home for over 400 exotic mammals and birds. Not a zoo, not a drive-through park, it's a wildlife preserve where the whole family can experience some of nature's most beautiful animals in a natural habitat. Established by Peter Lang in 1989, Safari West gained membership in the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, one of only six private facilities in North America to belong to that prestigious organization. The ongoing mission of Safari West is wildlife preservation through breeding, education, research and public interaction.

For information on lodging and dining, visit www.safariwest.com.

Safari West Wildlife Preserve and African Tent Camp
3115 Porter Creek Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 579-2551 or 1 (800) 616-2695

Safari West is proud to welcome two Southern White Rhinos, who were released into their brand new enclosure after traveling cross-country from Florida. A baby Giraffe has recently arrived and, Safari West is also anticipating the birth of a new baby Zebra.


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