Chris Gallucci Talks About His Life at the Shambala Preserve, November 19, 2016

Last Saturday evening, November 19, 2016, Chris Gallucci gave a photographically laced talk about his fascinating experiences at the Shambala Preserve since Feb. 5 1975.

Beginning with working on the movie ROAR in almost every capacity, when it was known as "The Ranch"......Chris worked on every faze of keeping big cats content in captivity, from building enclosures to feeding, and getting to know the Wild Ones, close and up personally.

By the time the two elephants, Timbo and Cora came to live at the ranch Chris was well ensconced as a permanent figure. He knew everything about the operations and most of the animals and their trainers. The most fascinating of them were the two elephants, Timbo and Cora. The two huge beings were being cared for by a professional trainer who when offered a job with a larger pay check, left the elephants in the barn. Period. Chris came to my then husband and me asking if we would give him a chance to work with them. Without hesitation, knowing his work ethic, we unhesitatingly said yes. Best, fastest decision we could have made. From then on it was history, the two pachyderms had the best friend they could have dreamed of having, Chris Gallucci.

For many years, the three of them were inseparable, especially during rare times of health problems. It was awesome to witness the lengths to which Chris would go in order to keep the huge beings warm, safe, healthy, content and amused.

Timbo and Cora were a major part of The Shambala Preserve and the lives of all of us, those of us who cared for them, those who cared about the Preserve, the Adoptive Parents, our visitors, but mostly, Chris Gallucci. This is his life. He saved the elephants and they saved him.

We have all been the beneficiaries from this amazing duo, with lifelong memories to share. Chris will be talking about his life with Timbo and Cora forever, stay in touch with us for his next dissertation on these two fabulous personalities!!!!!

Happy Holidays to all of you,

With so much love,
From all of us at Shambala,
Animal and human.........

 

 

 

Tippi........

 









 
 
Shambala Safaris, November 12-13, 2016
The weather was perfect for Shambala’s November Safaris. The viewing of the Shambala Wild Ones was great….we even found a bird’s nest with lion hair woven into it!!!



Alexander


Alexander

Alexander


Tabbi

Jasmine


Mendhi

Mendhi

Ramona

Jiang

Lily

Savannah

Jania

Shatari

Bird's Nest with Lion Hair

Jania

Zoe

Simba

Kendra

Tippi


Chris Gallucci

 

Jania

 
Shambala Parent's Day, November 5, 2016
Shambala’s Wild Ones are always appreciative of their Parent’s Day bones.

Freedom

Freedom

Freedom

Alexander

Alexander

Mendhi

Trinity

Trinity



 
Roar Members' Fall Celebration, October 22, 2016
The 2017 Membership Party was a success and a good time was had by all.




Firefighter


Alexander

Alexander

Tahoe

Tabbi

Henson

Shatari

Jania

Jania

Kendra



Alison Arngrin and Chris Gallucci

Jerry Mathers at the Photo Booth


Trudy Farley



Jerry, Tippi, and Alison


Tippi with Chris Gallucci


Jerry Mathers with Tippi
 
 


Fire fighter accepting Shambala award on behalf of those Fire Fighters who fought and stopped the Sand Fire at Shambala
 
Shambala Safaris, October 8-9, 2016
October Safaris.

Mendhi

Savannah

Shatari

Jania

Jania

Kendra and Jania

Kendra and Jania

Zoe

Lily

Tippi


 

 
Shambala Sunset Safari, September 17, 2016
Shambala’s last Sunset Safari for 2016 enjoyed beautiful weather. The guests were gifted with great viewing of the Shambala Wild Ones. The evening was topped off with a lively Q&A with Tippi and guest celebrity artist, Joan Van Ark. A great time was had by one and all.




Mendhi

Ramona

Jiang

Lily

Freedom


Savannah

Jasmine

Tabbi

Nala

Shur Kahn

Shur Kahn

Kendra

Jania and Kendra

Simba and Zoe

Zoe


Joan Van Ark

Tippi


Freedom

Chris Gallucci with Joan and Tippi.
     

Laurie Rennie and friends pose for a group shot.
 
Shambala Safaris, September 10-11, 2016
September Safaris.





Alexander

Jiang

Hensen

Freedom


Sabu

Tabbi

Jiang

Shatari

Kendra
 

Jiang
 
Shambala Parents Day, September 3, 2016
 

Ramona

Chuy and Darby with Jiang

Kendra

Simba and Zoe

Sabu

Sabu

Natasha

Alexander

Nala


Tabbi

Trinity
 

Trinity
 
Shambala Sunset Safari, August 20, 2016
Shambala’s August Sunset Safari was a hit with great Wild One viewing, beautiful weather and good food topped off with a fun Q&A with Tippi and guest celebrity Barbara Eden of "I Dream of Genie" fame.





Dakota

Alexander

Sabu


Natasha

Shatari

Shatari

Lily

Freedom

Louie

Jania

Kendra

Zoe and Simba

Jania


Simba

Jania



Barbara Eden and Tippi

Chris Gallucci

 
Shambala Safari, August 13-14, 2016
 


Dakota

Natasha

Alexander

Alexander


Natasha

Jiang
 
Kendra
 

Simba and Zoe
 
Shambala Parent's Day, August 6, 2016
Shambala’s August Parents Day with lots of bones being enjoyed by the Wild Ones.




Kendra

Kendra

Zoe

Simba and Zoe

Shatari

Freedom

Sabu

Dakota

Jasmine

Nala

Nala

Tabbi

Trinity

Trinity

MJesus (Chuy) and Darby

Freedom
 
Shambala Sunset Safari, July 16, 2016
Our July Sunset Safari was a sellout success. After the tour of Shambala, the guest were treated to a musical concert provided by Cathi Shultz and friends. The evening was topped off with a lively Q&A with Tippi and Charlie Paakare who has served for many years as the senior sound engineer for Capital Records. He told of his many experiences with world famous celebrity recording artists.




Dakota

Dakota

Sabu

Natasha


Natasha

Kendra

Cyrus

Simba and Zoe

Jania

Kendra

Jania

Kendra and Jania

Louie

Savannah

Shatari




Charlie Paakari, the head sound engineer at Capital Records.

Simba

Simba

Jania

Chris and Tippi




 
Shambala Safaris, July 9-10, 2016
 




Mendhi

Dakota

Sabu

Natasha


Natasha

Alexander

Tabbi

Savannah

Lily

Kendra

Simba

Simba

Natasha

Alexander

Mendhi

King

King

Lily

Freedom

Kendra.

Simba

Simba

Jania

Chris and Tippi




Alexander
 
Shambala Parent's Day, July 2, 2016
It was a great day at the Shambala’s July Parent’s Day. All the Wild Ones got their special bone and enthusiastically did what they do…DEVOUR!!!


Tabbi

Jiang


Louie

Mona


Simba

Simba and Zoe

Simba


Zoe

Kendra

Shatari

Freedom

Natasha

Alexander

Dakota

Ramona

Jiang
 
Shambala Sunset Safari, June 18, 2016
The June Shambala Sunset Safari was a sell out success. The Wild One’s were active and treated our guests with great viewing. We all lucked out with perfect weather in the evening hours under a full Strawberry Moon. The celebrity guest appearing with Tippi for a lively Q & A was Erin Murphy who played Tabatha in “Bewitched”.




Sabu

Natasha


Alexander

Cassie


Jasmine

Nala

Jiang

Lily

Louie

Shur Kan

Mona

Simba and Zoe

Moosie Drier and Erin Murphy


Tippi

Shambala Director Chris Gallucci takes a question


Mr & Mrs Tom O’Keefe. Tippi last saw Tom at a remote fire base on a USO tour during the Vietnam War.







 
Shambala Safaris, June 11-12, 2016
June’s weekend Safaris were blessed with relatively cool weather and lots of activity amongst the Shambala Wild One’s. Everyone had a great time.



King


Sabu

Natasha

Alexander


Mendhi

Cassie


Ramona

Jiang

Savannah

Kendra

Shatari

Simba

Jiang

Alexander


Shatari

Jania


Chris G.





Shambala Friends and Fans


Freedom
 
Shambala Parent's Day, June 4, 2016
Beautiful weather for last Saturday's Parent's Day. All of the Wild Ones enjoyed their tasty bones!


Jiang


Jiang

Jiang

Louie

Shur Kahn

Cyrus

Simba


Kimba and Zoe

Shatari

Shatari


Shatari

King

King

King

King

Alexander

Jasmine


Nala

Mendhi


Cassie

Trinity




Trinity



Ramona
 
Shambala Sunset Safari, May 21, 2016
The inaugural Shambala Sunset Safari of the season was a successful sell out. The Safari Tour was a big hit with good Wild One viewing. The guests were treated to an evening with lots of lion roaring sessions. The evening was capped off with a lively Q&A with Tippi and special guest celebrity Jerry Mathers…The Beaver!!! Finally, a spectacular full moon came out to shine upon us all as we intended.


Mendhi


Sabu

King


Shatari

Freedom

Tabbi


Louie




Jerry Mathers

Tippi


 
Shambala Safaris, May 14-15, 2016
Shambala’s May Safaris were blessed with beautiful weather and great Wild Ones viewing.




Mendhi

Dakota


Sabu

Sabu

Alexander


King

Hensen


Savannah

Kendra

Simba

Kendra

Sabu

Jasmine and Nala

King


Shatari

Tippi







Louie
 
Shambala Parent's Day, May 7, 2016
Another Parent’s Day has passed and all the Wild Ones loved their bones!!!!

Jiang

Louie


Shur Kahn

Cyrus


Kendra


Simba

Zoe and Simba

Shatari

Freedom

Freedom

Sabu


Dakota

Mendhi

Tabbi


Trinity
 

When your life’s mission is to help and take care of the Wild Ones of the world, sometimes problems come up and they must be dealt with no matter what they are. Occasionally the outcome is not good and at other times it’s great and very rewarding. Dr Gay Naiditch and her assistant Jason with the entire animal crew are doing their job as is illustrated with Alexander’s procedure and recovery. We all have been doing this for a very long time.

P.S. A big thank you to Dr. Naiditch, DVM, who owns and runs High Desert Animal Care in Palmdale, CA.

 
 
 

Hayden Panettiere helps support the Wild Ones of Shambala with a private tour. The photo is of Hayden, her mother and friend with Tippi Hedren and Director Chris Gallucci…..Yes, you can take a private tour of Shambala. These programs really help the Wild Ones. Please call the Shambala office for details-(661)268-0380.
 
Shambala Safaris, April 9-10, 2016
Shambala’s April Safaris were successful with good viewing of Shambala’s Wild Ones.


Sabu


Alexander

Shatari


Tabbi and Cassie

Nala

Mona

Shatari


Kendra

Zoe Lioness

Zoe Tigress

Simba and Zoe

Shur Kan

Shur Kan

Chris Gallucci talks to the guests


Guests at The Birds Jungle Gym

Natasha

Mendhi

King


Natasha

Cassie

Jiang

Jiang

Jiang

Jiang

Lily

Savannah viewing the guests

Shur Kan

Zoe

Kendra

Kendra and Jania

Tippi


 
Shambala Parent's Day, April 2, 2016

 

Shatari


Shatari

Shatari

Shatari

Shatari

Shatari

Shatari

Shatari

Natasha

Sabu

Sabu

Dakota

Cassie

Tabbi

Trinity
 
Shambala Safaris, March 12-13, 2016
This month’s Shambala Safari was a perfect weather day. Guests were treated to very good Wild One viewings. Was a great day!!!



Natasha


Shatari

Shatari

Alexander

Mendhi

King

Jiang

Freedom

Henson

Lily

Shatari

Savannah

Jania and Kendra

Kendra

Zoe

Kendra


Sir William, Jr.


Nala


Tippi with folks from Pussy & Pooch Pet Lifestyle Center
 
Shambala Parent's Day, March 5, 2016
Adding to the excitement of the monthly Parents Day feeding of the bones, the Wild One parents were treated to their first glimpse of Ramona cougar since she arrived at The Shambala Preserve.

Jiang

Mendhi

Ramona

Sir William, Jr.


King

King

King

Jiang

Kendra

Kendra

Zoe

Shatari

Shatari

Shatari

Shatari

Freedom

Sabu

Natasha

Dakota

Nala and Jasmine

Mendhi

Cassie

Lily

Henson and Lily

Freedom

Natasha



 

Dakota
 

Shambala’s newest Wild One Ramona cougar has cleared quarantine and moved to her new compound where she is settling in….She is really shy!


Shambala Safaris, February 13-14, 2016
Shambala’s February Safaris were blessed with perfect weather. Many of Sunday’s guests celebrated Valentine’s Day with the Wild Ones.

Natasha

Cassie

King

Shatari


Shur-Kan

Shatari

Kendra

Monarch

Mendhi viewing

Nala

Shatari Selfie

Lily

Freedom

Jania


Zoe

Chris and Tippi



Zoe
 
Shambala Parent's Day, February 6, 2016
February’s Shambala Parent’s Day was warm and sunny in mid winter. Where is El Nino? The Shambala Wild One’s were definitely enjoying the unusually fair weather along with the Wild Parents.The newest tiger members of the Wild Ones Family (Jania, Kendra and Shur-Kan) were introduced to their very first femur bone treats. Apparently never having been given femurs before, they more or less figured them out and took them into their respective den boxes to eagerly devour. All enjoyed their Parent’s Day treats…..It was a happy day for one and all!

Jesus, Darby, and Chris

Jesus (Chuy) Torres

Jiang

Jiang

King

King

Shur-Kan

Kendra

Jania

Shatari

Sabu

Dakota

Mendhi

Mendhi


Trinity
>


Tabbi and Cassie


Shatari
 

Tippi's Birthday Event for the Shambala Wild Ones

Shambala Safari, January 9-10, 2016
The first Shambala Safaris of the New Year were enjoyed by all in attendance. All were treated with the first viewing of the three new tigers, Jania, Kendra and Shur Kan in their spacious compound.



Natasha

Natasha

Tabbi and Cassie

Jania

Mendhi

Dakota

Sabu

Shur-Kan

Jania

Kendra

Simba

Simba

Zoe

Chris Gallucci addresses the guests



Henson
 
Shambala Parent's Day, January 2, 2016
Shambala had its first Parent’s Day of the New Year 2016. It was a crisp sunny day and the Wild One viewing was good. Shambala’s three new tigers were on view for the first time, settling nicely in their spacious compound.


Jania

Sabu

Natasha

Nala

Mendhi

Trinity

Trinity

Trinity

Jazzy

Jazzy

Animal Caretakers Chuy Torres and Darby Kirby
with Adopt-a-Wild One Coordinator Chris Link

Tippi with Shambala's Wild Parents
 

Freedom gets access to our new compound and he’s having a ball! Happy New Year from the Roar Foundation!
(photo by Chris Gallucci)


 
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