program is available for guests under the age of 18. For
all other events all visitors to the Shambala Preserve must
be 18 years or older, no exceptions.
our Partners in Education Program, we have hosted, among
others, the Girl Scouts, Boy scouts, as well as classes
from the Saugus School District, Sulphur Springs School
District, Hart District, as well as private schools and
home school groups
Shambala, we have a very special educational program!
Whether you have a school or church group, girl or
boy scout troop, or special needs kids, there are
wonderful lessons to be learned. 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 as to the history of 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
school classes may even have the opportunity to adopt
their own lion, tiger, or serval 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 can experience the
joy of knowing that they are helping support the life
of a very special feline friend.
educational booklet will be provided for each child
and there is a gift shop where the kids can purchase
a wonderful memory of their day at Shambala. Very
often, after visiting the Preserve, they say "thank
you" by sending in drawings of their favorite
animal and writing of the lessons they've learned.
donation for group: $100 or $5 per student/youth and $20 per
Minimum age: 8 years old
Tours are generally scheduled Tuesday mornings
Please call 661-268-0380 if you have any questions
and/or to make arrangements to bring your group.
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 too have the same
opportunity as the kids to see and hear what it is
like to have a close encounter with one of the "wild
ones" who will live out their lives in dignity
at the preserve.
may take advantage of our scheduled weekend "safaris."
This three- hour program takes place once a month,
and begins with an introduction to the history of
the preserve. Very often, Shambala's "den mother,"
actress Tippi Hedren will talk about animal issues,
tell stories about the Wild Ones, good, bad and frightening,
and explain the reason it is so necessary for legislation
to stop the breeding of these animals. Then you set
off, led by one of the wonderful volunteers of Shambala,
to greet each of our "wild ones" personally
and hear their stories. 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.
adults will also 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."
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. To support the
care of a mountain lion with a lifetime muscle disability
from cat fever as a cub, or a rambunctious tiger named Mendhi,
will not only make a difference in the lives of the animals,
but will enrich the lives of those who visit them. Everyone
will leave with a lasting memory and respect for all beings..
animal and human.