Nestled on 400 acres in the heart of California’s wine country, Safari West is home for over 900 exotic mammals and birds and approximately 90 species. We are a wildlife preserve where the whole family can experience some of nature’s most beautiful animals in a natural habitat.Founded in 1993 by Peter and Nancy Lang, Safari West started offering authentic African safaris on July 4th of that year. At the time of opening, the park had 150 acres of enclosures that allowed naturalists to promote wildlife advocacy and conservation by providing three-hour educational excursions, Safari West gained full accreditation 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.Since its founding, Safari West has grown from a small safari based operation, serving several hundred visitors to a premier educational facility. Safari West’s continual growth and evolution were carefully steered during the past two decades by Peter and Nancy Lang. In addition to the safari excursions, guests have an opportunity to experience African style tent camping. Sourced in Ladysmith, South Africa by the Langs, the luxury tents allow visitors a unique adventure to sleep while surrounded by herds of African animals.Now, as we celebrate the first 20 years, we use this milestone to continue our mission, defining Safari West as a destination that puts an emphasis on conservation, wildlife advocacy and education through first hand safari tour encounters, and luxury tent accommodations amidst the world’s most exotic animals.
What happens at Safari West?
Safari West serves two important functions: first and foremost, we are a wildlife preserve, with several important ongoing projects such as:
The propagation of endangered species. Safari West is the home of zebras, giraffes, cheetahs and many more exotic creatures.
Under the directorship of Nancy Lang, Safari West is breeding several endangered bird species.
Several Research and Conservation programs are ongoing
But Safari West is more than a preserve. We are dedicated to raising awareness of our exotic neighbors and promoting understanding through in-person contact. That’s why we offer safaris year-round. If your only experience with a zebra or giraffe has been at a zoo, you should see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat. You owe it to yourself, and to them.