ALERT and personal note from Tippi Hedren Re: Shambala
and the Sand Fire
Zoe and all of the Wild Ones
are safe at Shambala!
Know that the Shambala Preserve has not
We were asked to stay in place due to the
professional knowledge gained over 40 years of work with the
Big Cats and experience of the Shambala staff (headed by the
Shambala Director, Chris Gallucci), the qualified Shambala
animal crew and veterinarians (Gay Naiditch D.V.M., Chris
Cauble D.V.M.), the Fire Dept and the Dept of Forestry.
was asked to leave by Chris Gallucci, which I declined.
knowledge of these amazing men and women is to be commended.
The animals did not have to be put through the dangerous and
agonizing stress of evacuation. We have been bless by our
staff who evaluated the situation, both the pros and cons of
the situation and the pros and cons of a solution, as well
as officials who work with us and who I respect on the
My most sincere gratitude to Chris Gallucci
for his expertise in keeping Shambala safe, with the highest
level of clear thinking and control.
The force of the Sand
fire has been demonic. May we never have to witness this
display of horror ever again.
Thank you to all of you who
have been standing by us and trying to reach out to us with
to no avail. All of our power and communication with the
outside world has been out since the fire peaked.
fire has brought us up to really understand our journey and
how to protect it.
Thank you again for caring about the wild
ones of Shambala.