This program is
available for guests under the age of 18. For all other
events visitors to the Shambala Preserve must be 18
years or older, no exceptions.
We have a
very special educational program at Shambala! Whether
you have a school or church group, girl or boy scout
troop, or special needs kids, there are wonderful
lessons to be learned at the Preserve. Our trained
professional staff will conduct a walking tour of the
Preserve that is home to captive-born wild animals. As
the lions roar and the tigers chuff, the students will
get a first-hand lesson about these beautiful creatures.
Their questions will be answered and they will meet a
variety of exotic cats, such as African lions, tigers,
leopards, servals, and mountain lions.
|The school classes
have the opportunity to adopt their own lion, tiger, or
other big cat through our "Adopt A Wild One" program.
For a monthly donation, a school class may help support
the animal of their choice. In this way, the students
experience the joy of knowing they are helping support
the life of a very special feline friend. After the
tour, the kids can purchase a wonderful memory of their
day at Shambala at our Trading Post. Very often, after
visiting the Preserve, they say "thank you" by sending
us drawings of their favorite animal and writing about
the lessons they have learned.Since this program is for
students, we limit the number of adults accompanying the
tour to 1 adult per 10 students.
|Admission: $10 per
student/youth and $25 per adult
Minimum age: 8 years old
Maximum group size: 30 people
Tours are scheduled Tuesdays at 1:00 PM.
Please call 661-268-0380 if
you have any questions and/or to make arrangements to bring
The lessons may be
different for adults, but the education that
Shambala provides for them is just as important as
it is for the children. Adults have the same
opportunity as the kids to have a close encounter
with one of the "wild ones" who live out their lives
in dignity at the Preserve.
Adults may take
advantage of our scheduled weekend "safaris." This
three-hour program takes place once a month and
includes a walking tour of the Preserve, led by one
of the wonderful volunteers of Shambala. You will
greet each of our "wild ones" personally and hear
their stories. Following the tour, there is a
discussion with either Shambala's "den mother,"
actress Tippi Hedren, or Shambala’s Director, Chris
Gallucci. They talk about animal issues, tell
stories about the Wild Ones, good, bad and
frightening, and explain the reason it is so
necessary to enact legislation to stop the breeding
of these animals. The guests will realize the need
for such a sanctuary as Shambala, and understand why
it's so important to help support the care of the
animals. We hope the experience of the adults will
become the lessons they take home to the children.
It is also our hope that the adults too may want to
"Adopt a Wild One," and find
out how they can become a
Member of The Roar Foundation.
|The adults learn of
the legislative needs that would ban the illegal
ownership of exotic cats. They will also become aware of
the "Captive Wildlife Safety Act," passed by President
Bush in December, 2004, due, in great part, to the
tireless efforts of Tippi Hedren and The Roar
Foundation. This bill prevents the transport of these
exotic cats over state lines and emphasizes why it is so
important that these beautiful creatures never become a
|For people of all ages,
there is the chance to learn about the lives of the "wild
ones" of Shambala, and with that knowledge comes an
opportunity to understand why it is so important that we all
care for these animals. We not only make a difference in the
lives of the animals, but enrich the lives of those who
visit them. Everyone will leave Shambala with a lasting
memory and respect for all beings…animal and human.