Safari West Closed due to Glass Wildfire Incident
On Sunday, September 27th, the Glass Fire sparked near Santa Rosa in California's north Bay Area. The Safari West Wildlife Preserve temporarily closed down operations and the preserve on Monday the 28th.This is the third wildfire-related closure that Safari West has endured in a four year period. While this wildfire is further from the preserve than either the Tubbs fire of 2017 or the Kincade fire of 2019, it is still burning very close in similarly rugged and hard-to-access terrain. First responders need unrestricted access to the limited roads in the area which factored heavily into the decision to close down operations. At this point only essential personnel (animal caretakers, safety and support staff, and landscape teams) remain at the preserve, taking care of the animals and patrolling for fire risks. As of today, September 30th, the preserve remains safe and secure. We are closely monitoring the situation and are ready to open as soon as it is safe to do so. Alternately, we are prepared to proceed to the next stage in our emergency preparedness response immediately if needed.