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Ring in the New Year with Wild Animal Friends

What's New — By Melanie Haiken on December 29, 2010 at 6:41 am
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Zebra grazes at Safari West

Cheetahs, rhinos, zebras and exotic birds will be among your celebratory companions at Safari West’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Romp with the Beasts. For the second year, guests can dine and dance surrounded by 400 acres of natural habitat that feels more like the wilds of Africa than the hills of Sonoma County.

A family-friendly celebration that’s also got enough pizazz for single folks, Romp with the Beasts puts you in good company with other wildlife fans and nature lovers. Safari West, once a private animal rescue facility, is open to the public as a nature preserve where animals roam freely unfettered by zoo-like enclosures. One current project of owners Peter and Nancy Lang is an attempt to breed rare and endangered bird species.

Get up close and personal with Safari West giraffes

Dancing and dining are the featured activities of choice, but you can also commune with nature if that’s more your style. Tent cabins with heat and electric blankets are available if you want to skip driving and stay onsite.

The fee is $100 a night for the evening’s entertainment; cabin prices vary based on size and number of occupants.

Breakfast comes complete with mimosas, and you can even sign up for a jeep safari to commemorate New Year’s day with some unforgettable photographs. Ready for your close-up – with a giraffe?

Tags: animals, nature, New Year's Eve, Sonoma, wildlife

    3 Comments

  • Nancy says:

    Check with Safari West asap. They had a tree fall on a cabin last night & may not be open.

  • Dear Nancy,
    Thank you for alerting me to this situation. This is a terrible tragedy. So far I have not been alerted that the New Year’s Eve event is cancelled, but I will check with the Safari West management.

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