Tippi Hedren’s Shambala Preserve

Safari Sunset shambala

The Roar Foundation, was founded by actress Tippi Hedren in 1983 to support the exotic felines at  the Shambala Preserve in Acton, California.  The mission is to educate the public about the dangers of private ownership of exotic animals.  Shambala is home to over 50 rescued big cats: lions, tigers, cougars, black and spotted leopards, bobcats, and Asian leopard cats, who live out their lives at Shambala.

Large numbers of dangerous animals are bred and sold for illegal purposes in the United States.  The foundation supports more stringent legislation to protect these animals from cruel and unfair treatment.

Tippi Hedren has done many legendary films and she is the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.  She is the mother to actress Melanie Griffith and is the President of the Roar Foundation, the group that funds Shambala.  She believes that she has found her calling by providing homes for all of these beautiful rescued animals.

Here are some additional beautiful photos on my website at Shambala shot by Bill Dow:                                           http://www.jerrymathers.com/shambala-photos/

For more information please visit the Shambala website at:  http://www.shambala.org/

Photo by Bill Dow






7 Responses to Tippi Hedren’s Shambala Preserve

  • Frank Wyant says:

    I share your love of these beautiful creatures.
    And, you are totally right about Not encouraging so-called “ownership”.
    Thank you

  • Colleen Murphy says:

    Thanks for sharing, Jerry. I’m glad Tippi has the preserve for the big cats. They deserve a second chance. Best to you.

  • Lillian Gemette says:

    Tippi God Bless for your help with the animals that have no voice….wishing you a VERY “Happy Birthday”

  • Linda Martin says:

    In my area we have had problems with people thinking hey can have pets with these kinds of animals only for it to backfire. For years there was a chimp in a cage in the Loveland, Ohio area. I was shocked when I took my kids to see it and seen the tiny cage it was in for as big as it was. I was a single mom at the time and couldn’t afford to take them to the zoo. So when I heard about it, I took them to see it. And they had given it cigarettes thinking it was funny. This chimp smoked and drank. Last time I heard it was taken and put somewhere where it was appropriately taken care of!

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