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 your group.

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 family "pet."
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.
 
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The Roar Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
Shambala is a member of the American Sanctuary Association.