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THE ROAR FOUNDATION SHAMBALA PRESERVE

The Roar Foundation, which I founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1983, exists solely to support The Shambala Preserve. Our mission is to educate the public about the dangers of private ownership of exotic animals. Huge numbers of exotic dangerous animals are bred and sold in the United States for illegal purposes. Private ownership presents a grave danger to the public and is cruel and unfair to these animals. More stringent legislation is needed to prohibit breeding and selling. We are actively involved in legislating this on federal and state levels.

Prior to 1983 I had been rescuing the exotic felines since 1972. Up to the present, The Shambala Preserve has given sanctuary to over 235 exotic felines - lion, tiger, cougar, black and spotted leopard, serval, bobcat, Asian leopard cat, snow leopard, cheetah, lynx, tigon, liger and African elephant. All have come to the Preserve after confiscation by authorities, such as California Fish and Game, U.S. Department of Agriculture, SPCA and Humane Societies. They are from roadside zoos and private citizens who realize they have purchased an animal they can no longer handle.

The exotic cat trade is a huge business. According to US. Fish and Wildlife it is on a par with illegal drugs. Once an animal is brought to Shambala, it remains here for the remainder of its life. As a true sanctuary, we do not buy, breed, sell, trade, or subject them to commercial use. Our only purpose is to allow these magnificent animals to live out their lives with care, understanding and dignity. Each has the best human, nutritional, medical, emotional and mental care possible.

There are many ways you can support The Roar Foundation: become a Member of the Roar Foundation, Adopt a Wild One, provide an item from the Shambala Wish List; attend a Safari Tour: visit The Trading Post, become a volunteer, attend one of our hugely popular and unique Sunset Safaris, and for a truly memorable experience, spend an entire night in one of Shambala’s authentic African Tents! All of these help to further Shambala’s educational efforts and support our mission. One special weekend a month, we hold the Safaris where Shambala opens the gates to the public for a small admission fee (by reservation only). All guests must be 18-yrs or older. Please come visit us and support our beautiful Wild Ones.

Shambala is a Sanskrit word that means: “A Meeting Place of Peace and Harmony for all Beings, Animal and Human.”

Tippi Hedren
President The Roar Foundation
The Shambala Preserve

 

 


Cyrus, Xhosa and Zoe

Shambala is home to over 40 big cats: lions, tigers, cougars, black and spotted leopards, servals, bobcats, and Asian leopard cats, who live out their lives at Shambala. All have come to the Preserve after confiscation by authorities such as California Fish and Game, the United States Department of Agriculture, the ASCPA, and various Humane Societies. They are from roadside zoos and private citizens who realize that they have purchased an animal that they can no longer handle. The exotic cat trade is a huge business, just under illegal drugs, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife.


Jazzy and Tabbi


Alexander

Once an animal is brought to Shambala, it remains here for the rest of its life. As a true sanctuary, we do not buy, breed, sell, trade, or subject our animals to commercial use. Our only purpose is to allow these magnificent animals to live out their lives with love and dignity. Each "Wild One" has the best human, nutritional, medical, emotional, and mental care possible.

There are many ways you can support The Roar Foundation: you can "Join Our Pride" by becoming a member, become a "Wild Parent" through our adoption program, donate an item from our Wish List, attend a Safari Tour or an exclusive Sunset Safari, visit the Trading Post, volunteer, and for a truly memorable experience, an overnight Safari in one of our African tents!


Savannah

For decades, Tippi Hedren's luminous beauty radiated from the silver screen, enchanting moviegoers and cementing her position among Hollywood's elite-beauty and star power that endure to this day. For too long Hedren's story has been told by others through whispered gossip and tabloid headlines. Now, in Tippi (William Morrow; hardcover; $28.99; on-sale: 11/1/16) Hedren sets the record straight, recalling how a young and virtuous Lutheran girl from small-town Minnesota became a worldwide legend-as one of the most famous “Hitchcock girls,” as an unwavering animal activist, and as the matriarch of a powerful Hollywood dynasty that includes her movie star daughter Melanie Griffith, and rising star Dakota Johnson, her granddaughter.For the first time, Hedren digs deep into her complicated relationship with the man who discovered her talent, director Alfred Hitchcock, the generous benefactor who would become a repulsive and controlling director who contractually controlled her every move for many years. She speaks openly about the dark pain she endured working with him on their most famous collaborations, The Birds and Marnie, and how as a single mother while shielded her daughter from her struggles on and off Hitchcock's set.Difficult as her experiences with Hitchcock were, they nearly paled in comparison to her time on the set of Roar-a film starring dozens of live lions and tigers that has become one of the most notorious film productions of all time. Including never before revealed details about the unbelievable making of the movie, Tippi describes how what began as a simple movie about big cats evolved into a sprawling, dangerous endeavor that consumed her career and often put lives, including hers and her family's, at risk. Tippi offers a clear-eyed and surprising look at the perilous chances they took, while also recounting how these events led to years of animal rights activism, culminating in the creation of her very own big cats preserve, Shambala. And yet, through it all, Tippi shows how her career and life have continued to embody her unwavering devotion-to her daughter Melanie, to her animal rights activism, to her humanitarian relief work overseas, and to her art.Hedren's incandescent spirit shines through as she talks about working with the great Charlie Chaplin, sharing the screen with some of the most esteemed actors in Hollywood, her experiences on some of the most intriguing and troubling film sets-including filming Roar, one of the most dangerous movies ever made-and the struggles of being a single mother-balancing her dedication to her work and her devotion to her daughter-and her commitment to helping animals.Filled with sixteen pages of beautiful photos, Tippi is a rare and fascinating look at a private woman's remarkable life no fan can miss.

An Evening with Chris Gallucci Nov 19 661-268-0380
 
 
 
The Roar Foundation - The Shambala Preserve, PO Box 189, Acton, CA 93510
 
 
 
 
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A Birthday Present for Tippi
Hi Everybody!!!!!......I'm having a Birthday on January 19, which is in about four days!!!!......So many people have asked me, 
"What do you want for your Birthday Tippi? Anything special?" I thought for a few minutes and said, "Yes, I know what I want - and it would be special. But it's not for me.It was such a special idea I thought I'd share it with you. You see, I've got too much 'stuff' at this point in my life, and I'm going to be...86!!!!!......Retirement is a four letter word as far as I'm concerned, but, do you know what I would really love????....I've been rescuing the Big Cat since 1973...I have been Founder and President of the ROAR Foundation since 1983 to support The Wild Ones of Shambala. I've been in charge of raising the funds to support these magnificent Big Cats, all born in the U.S. to be sold as a pet or for financial exploitation. This has been an amazing life, one that I would not change a single day of for any pipe dream life of riches and elegance. I've never taken a salary nor have I been paid on any level from the Roar Foundation. 
"IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!"

Last January 9, 2015, I submitted to a 10 hour operation on the vertebrae in my neck. I had seen my MD to stop my constant headaches.  He looked at the MRI and said...."How are you holding up your head???"....I said, "What"? He repeated the question and showed me the evidence of the problem existed in the vertebrae in my neck.  Next minute, I was in the Hospital.....The day after the  operation my truly brilliant Dr. Kavenfar explained it would take a full year before I would be feeling well, and for the anesthesia to leave my body. For 8 to 9 months I would have to wear a Miami neck brace (really attractive) 24/7, yes that means, day and night for at least eight months. After that, it would take another several months for my vertebrae to heal. I still wear the brace at night. Actually it makes me feel secure and safe.
 
I'm telling you all of this because I'm feeling better. However, this is why you haven't been seeing very much of me the past year. I tried working, several times, but found it exhausting - as much as I didn't want to believe my MD about that long year it would take take for me to feel good again. And I have to remember, I AM beginning the last half of my eighties!!!!!  I keep forgetting that!!!!!
 
So, this is why I'm going to ask all of you to help me raise $86,000. One thousand dollars for each of my 86 years!!!!! Yes, $86,000 for The Roar Foundation to support the magnificent Wild Ones at the Shambala Preserve, thru the ROAR FOUNDATION in my name...Tippi Hedren!! You could donate any amount, eight dollars, eight hundred dollars, eight thousand dollars, eighty-six thousand dollars....What ever you choose....In my name!! And, we'll put your name on the Birthday Card for Tippi's Birthday Fund!! Just think, you wouldn't have to shop, choose or wrap a present and your gift will be used to keep the magnificent Wild Ones of Shambala in the perfect life to which they have become accustomed, and are so deserving!!!!!
 
I'm very excited about my birthday this year....because it will all be benefiting the most  important animals in my life!!!!!!
 
Thank you for reading this and acting upon it....I'm so hoping to see all of you at Shambala this year, over and over again!!!!
 
With so much love for the Shambala Wild Ones,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tippi Hedren
President The Roar Foundation
The Shambala Preserve
www.shambala.org
 
P.S. I had a wonderful dream last night.....An amazing Angel sent $86,000 in the form of a beautiful check made out to The Roar Foundation for The Shambala Wild Ones.......
 
X0X0X0X0X0.....T
Celebrating with Louie and Shur-Kan
 
Photos © Bill Dow
 
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Zeus
 
LION KING ZEUS
                                       
Today, December 18, 2015, Shambala's magnificent, cherished Lion King, Zeus, left us in body, forever. His life had been taken too soon, ravaged by a cancer that could not be controlled by us mortals. It is the design of the Wild Exotic Feline to disguise all physical imperfections, because of the instinctual dictates in their species to take out any animal because of old age, illness or physical
impairment. Because of those facts, we are often left with the fact that there is nothing that can be done to save, or cure the animal, regardless of how much we love and care about them.
 
When I went over to see Zeus in mid-morning, I saw him lying on the porch of one of his dens, which are embedded with the warmest, soft grass hay a lion could ever desire. Close to the fencing in the enclosure next to him were lions, Zoe and Cyrus, side by side, as close to Zeus as they could get. It was like they were keeping vigilance. The sight made me feel uneasy, apprehensive. Later, in mid afternoon, we were notified that our Veterinarian, Dr. Gay Naiditch, had arrived.
 
We, Chris Gallucci, the Shambala Staff, Trudy Farley, Dr. Gay Naiditch and I, stood around Zeus as we said our silent farewells. Each of us thinking of the uniqueness of the fascinating being who now lay still before us. Zeus was truly loved and admired for his "magnificentness". He was truly 'The Lion King'. He was physically the perfect lion, unusually large, statuesque, the handsome strong face, his amber Lion eyes, gentle but strong. The luxurious blond, mixed with dark hairs in his huge mane flowing as he would run across his territory to greet us, his worshipers, those who admired him, and who cared for him. No matter what the relationship each of us had with Zeus, the feelings about him are strong and defined. He seemed to be benevolent towards every one of us, except for one member of the staff, Greg, with whom Zeus would become violent when he caught sight of him. We could never understand or discover any reason for this attitude, since the man was dedicated to the care and love for the animals. Shambala was not the first place at which he had been employed, with excellent references, and he had been with us for several years. We can only surmise Zeus had been treated very badly by a human in the past. This characteristic has been witnessed in other Wild Ones we have rescued, most recently with Patrick, our gentle, gloriously, magnificently memorable Liger, who would display a frightening degree of anger at the sight of Rafael! After researching Patrick's history, I discovered Rafael resembled the man who had beaten him on a regular basis at the roadside zoo where Patrick lived outside of Chicago, before being rescued and brought to the Shambala Preserve. Both of these men were the focus of a wild emotion which none of us caused, that we cannot truly explain. I'm telling all of you this to give you an indication of how complicated is the journey on which we have embarked since the early seventies.     
 
We can only feel grateful that both Zeus, Patrick, and the entire Wild Ones' population of Shambala have had the best of care, love and affection!!!.....Watching Zeus running to Chris, his mane flowing in the wind, to say hello to his great friend was an absolute joy!!!  Of course, this was a daily, sometimes several times a day ritual, to be enjoyed and revered, by Chris, Zeus, and those of us lucky to be witnesses.  Zeus would run to me, as well, but not with the same excitement as with Chris. Albeit, I was always honored!!!!..... Our staff has special feelings about each of the animals, however all receive the same loving, professional care and understanding they deserve.
 
Zeus will be greatly missed by all of us, the Shambala staff, his Wild Parents, our Safari guests, and the members of The Roar Foundation, who have joined our "Pride". We will all miss the sight of him, his magnificent ROAR, from which I would awaken during the night with a very special feeling of joy to realize how fortunate I have been to know the beings on the Shambala Preserve, and to be able to recognize the Roar of Zeus.
 
When Christmas approaches next year, on December 18, 2016 we will all be thinking of that day, that day our magnificent Lion King went away forever, in body only, because his Spirit will be with all of us, forever!!!
 
To you, our magnificent Lion, Zeus!!!!! Thank you, from all of your admirers for these amazing memories. You are so beloved that you will live in our hearts forever....
 
Long Live Zeus!!!!!... Shambala's Lion King!!!!!
 
                   Tippi Hedren
 
 
 
Zeus
Born July 7, 1999....A Glorious life until December 18, 2015
 
Zeus arrived at The Shambala Preserve on July  6, 2002, from a family in Huntsville, Texas, who felt Zeus should be living in a place with more room and surrounded by his own kind. How fortunate for us, and him, they chose The Shambala Preserve for this amazing lion to live out his life!!!!!......Our thanks to that family, Zeus has been a force to remember!!!!!
 
 
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Trinity Wishes You a Merry Christmas
 
 
A Christmas Message From Tippi
 
 
How wonderful our world would be if everyone, everywhere, could be as peaceful as we are
here at Shambala.

At this wonderful time of the year, I want to thank you for helping us make this beautiful place possible. We hope you will continue your support for the magnificent Exotic Felines we have rescued.  Please visit us at our afternoon and evening Safaris,  "Adopt a Wild One", and attend other events during the year. You are very important to us!

      Our Holiday Wish for all of you, is a peaceful, loving, bountiful Christmas Holiday!!!!
With all the love the season deserves, 

 

        From the Shambala Staff, the magnificent beings who live out their lives in "peace and harmony for all beings, Animal and Human",
         and me, Tippi!

 

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a great year!!!
 

Tippi Hedren
President The Roar Foundation
The Shambala Preserve
(661)268-0380


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This morning, November 23, 2015, we welcomed three adult tigers recently confiscated by the Dept. of Agriculture from a house somewhere in the State of Ohio....... The tigers have names, the two females, Kendra and Jania, and  the male, Shur-Kan. Other than that, no information has been made available to us, no medical records are available, not even their ages. All three were apparently living together in a small cage. They were all exhausted and unnerved by the long drive from the state of Ohio. They are now in the  quarantine area here at THE SHAMBALA PRESERVE. It will take time for them to relax and feel secure. In a few days our veterinarian Dr. Gay Naiditch will do a work up on them to give us a base on the condition of their health.They will come into the preserve after their month's quarantine which will be approximately Christmas Time. Their introduction to the Preserve will be in the Bus Compound with the river access for them. All of us at SHAMBALA are grateful to be able to give these extremely needy animals a really wonderful, safe life, with the care of humans who really love and care about them.
 
Jania
 I want to take this opportunity to tell all of you how important your support is for the Wild Ones of Shambala. You truly exemplify the spirit of "Thanksgiving"!! Please know your donations to the ROAR FOUNDATION are so gratefully appreciated and are put to such very good use in so many areas!!!!!
Kendra
From all of us at THE SHAMBALA PRESERVE and THE ROAR FOUNDATION, a most blessed, bountiful, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING to every one of you!!!!!
With love and gratitude!!!!!!!

Tippi Hedren
President The Roar Foundation
The Shambala Preserve

www.shambala.org

P.S. Photo of Shur-Kan is forthcoming.
If you haven't seen "Blood Lions" on MSNBC, it will air Saturday, Oct.17th at 6:00 PM and Sunday, Oct 18th at 1:00 AM (check your local listings).. Be warned that it contains graphic footage of the inhumane treatment and  killing of lions on lion farms and canned hunts in South Africa.

It is all about huge amounts of money, and psychopaths who have no sense of conscience or remorse. THE KILLING OF WILD ANIMALS IS A HUGE FINANCIAL  AND EMOTIONAL SPORT!!!!!!    This documentary will make you angry and sick to your stomach. DO SOMETHING TO STOP THIS ATROCITY FROM HAPPENING!!!!  It is a hugely profitable, bloody business in South Africa!!! 

PLEASE !!!!!.......INUNDATE THIS SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT WITH YOUR DEMANDS TO STOP THE BREEDING OF LIONS TO BE SLAUGHTERED TO BECOME AHEAD ON THE WALL OR A RUG TO BE STEPPED UPON. 

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IT HAS BEEN PROVEN!  YOUR VOICE COUNTS!  I SO RESPECT YOU FOR USING IT!!!!!!

With love and protection for the lions in the wild, and mercy for those who are subjected to man's inhumanity..........
 
Tippi Hedren
President The Roar Foundation
The Shambala Preserve
From Hitchcock and Chaplin to Ed Wood, Jr., and from drama and terror to droll comedy, the career of actress Tippi Hedren has been meteoric, and eclectic.

After a few weeks of filming The Birds with Rod Taylor, director Alfred Hitchcock told Associated Press reporter Bob Thomas, "Tippi Hedren is really remarkable. She's already reaching the lows and highs of terror". The former New York fashion model was making her debut as an actress in a starring role in The Birds, and such high praise from the enigmatic master of cinema shock and suspense was rare indeed. "Like a dormant volcano we know one day is going to erupt," Hitchcock described her. "Get a look at that girl, she's going to be good. I gave her the leading part in The Birds. It is a big part. I think Svengali Hitch rides again."

In a cover article about The Birds in LOOK magazine (Dec. 4, 1962), Hitchcock continued to rave, "Tippi has a faster tempo, city glibness, more humor [than Grace Kelly]. She displayed jaunty assuredness, pertness, an attractive throw of the head. And she memorized and read lines extraordinarily well and is sharper in expression."

Although the critics were perplexed by the "end-less ending" of The Birds, the movie, which premiered at The Cannes Film Festival, was a sensation earning over $11,000,000 in the first few months, and is now a classic. Saturday Review's Arthur Knight wrote, "Hitchcock's newest 'find', Tippi Hedren is a decidedly lovely blonde." Her performance in the film earned her a Golden Globe award.

Camille Paglia, Professor of Humanities at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and author of several acclaimed books about women in film, and The Birds (BFI Publishing, 1998), a critical analysis of the film, wrote, "It's so unfair that Tippi Hedren has never had the credit she deserves for the two films she did with Hitchcock. I think the reason critics did not take her seriously is because she is too fashionable and therefore not 'serious'. The interplay between Hedren and [Suzanne] Pleshette in The Birds tells me more about women than any number of articles on feminist theory. Hitchcock captures the subtleties of females warring with each other; all those nuances of knives and guns conducted in looks and body language. He sculpts the human body in space. And I love the way Hedren handles cigarettes and a martini glass with such remarkable sophistication. It is gesturalism raised to the level of choreography."

The Countess From Hong Kong with Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren, directed by Chaplin, in what was to be the "Little Tramp's" final film.

The three films, back to back, were an auspicious start for the Minnesota girl of Scandinavian parentage. Between over twenty films and numerous television appearances, she's been involved in a wide variety of humanitarian and environmental causes, almost overshadowing her screen work.

As volunteer International Relief Coordinator for "FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY", she traveled worldwide to set up relief programs following earthquakes, hurricanes, famine and war. She aided "boat people" in the South China Sea from a "FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY" rescue ship. Lobbying efforts on behalf of Asian refugees have taken her before Congress and have earned her numerous awards including the "Humanitarian Award" presented to her by the B'hai Faith. She has been honored by the USO for entertaining troops in Vietnam and by the CELEBRITY OUTREACH FOUNDATION for her charitable work.

She began her long love affair with wild animals in 1969 while doing a film, Satan's Harvest, in Africa. She "met" a mellow lion, and much of her life since then has been devoted to the big cats.

Deeply involved with international conservation groups to save wildlife, and an outspoken voice against cruelty to animals, both wild and domestic, she's a board member of "The Wildlife Safari", founded by her friend, Frank Hart, in Winston, Oregon. She also served on the board of "The Elsa Wild Animal Appeal" founded by her friend, the late Joy Adamson. And currently, she is on the Board of Directors of Earth Communications Office (ECO), and President of the newly-formed "American Sanctuary Association." Her other charity work includes serving on The Board of Directors of The Women's Council of KCET (Channel 28), The Minnesota Film Council, The American Heart Association, The March of Dimes, Multiple Sclerosis, International Orphans, Inc., and several AIDS causes. She has been honored with "The Helen Woodward Animal Center's Annual Humane Award" (1995), the prestigious Founder's Award from the American Society or the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (1996) and the "Lion and Lamb Award" from Wildhaven (1997) for her work on behalf of animal rights and conservation.

Perhaps Tippi Hedren's most unique endeavor is being "den mother" and close friend to sixty-odd big cats - lion, tiger, leopard, cougar, and serval at The Roar Foundation's Shambala Preserve near Acton, California.

The high desert animal preserve is home to the felines and pachyderms and was first established as an African-type set for the motion picture, Roar, which Tippi co-produced and starred in with her daughter, film actress Melanie Griffith. After the five year filming was completed, it became the current, non-profit center for big cat care and research.

In keeping with her outlook on the environment and conservation, many of Shambala's residents are cast-offs from private owners, zoos and circuses. "They're living out their lives in safety and comfort." The Preserve is open to the public on a reservation basis. Tippi is founder and President of The Roar Foundation and resides at Shambala in a cottage surrounded by big cat compounds. "I awaken to their roars." The story of Tippi's life and the animals "dearest to her heart" was told in Simon & Schuster's The Cats of Shambala (1985).

Several documentaries have been produced about the Shambala Preserve including, Lions: Kings of the Serengeti by the Richard Diercks Co, Inc. which won the Telly Award in 1995 for outstanding video documentary; and Life With Big Cats (1998), produced for Animal Planet, which won the Genesis Award for best documentary in 1999.

Tippi continues to work frequently in motion pictures, theatre, episodic and cable television, and her contributions to world cinema have been honored with Life Achievement awards in France at The Beauvais Film Festival Cinemalia 1994, and in Spain by The Fundacion Municipal De Cine in 1995. In 1999, Tippi was honored as "Woman of Vision" by Women of Film and Video in Washington, D.C., and received the Presidential Medal for her work in film from Hofstra University. And in 2000, Tippi was honored as "Best Actress in a Comedy Short" in the film "Mulligans!" at the Method Fest, Independent Film Festival, and in 2002, Tippi won "best Actress" for the short film "Tea With Grandma" from the New York International Independent Film Festival.

Tippi was presented with an Honorary MFA degree in Acting for film from the New York Film Academy in January, 2012.

Global March for Elephants, Rhinos & Lions October 4, 2014
On Saturday Oct. 4th, there is a VERY IMPORTANT global event that needs our support. It is the GLOBAL MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS, RHINOS, AND LIONS. Tippi Hedren will be there speaking on behalf of the Lions in the Wild and Captivity which are in danger. PLEASE read the accompanying message. For details on when and where to go link to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1449025795334300/ 
 
 

LOS ANGELES, CA - On Saturday, October 4, 2014, Los Angeles joins 116 cities on 6 continents in the Global March for Elephants, Rhinos, and Lions, the biggest international event ever held to save Earth's vanishing wildlife.  Our goal is to draw attention to the crisis facing elephants, rhinos, and lions and to call for an end to the global trade in ivory, rhino horn, and other wildlife body parts (such as lion and tiger bones) that's pushing countless endangered species rapidly towards extinction.

The illegal wildlife trade is a transnational business that funds criminal syndicates, fuels conflict in Africa, and poses environmental, development and security challenges. It's also a lucrative business, generating an estimated USD$20 billion per year.

At the launch of United for Wildlife's #WhoseSideAreYouOn campaign, in June this year, HRH Duke of Cambridge said, "There are two thousand critically endangered species on the verge of being lost forever.  It's time to choose a side - between the endangered animals and the criminals who kill them for money. I am calling on people all around the world to tell us: whose side are you on?"

The answer will be loud and clear from the thousands of people in over 116 cities worldwide joining the march on October 4, 2014. Ricky Gervais has voiced his support of the event, saying "How can we allow the extinction of 2 magnificent creatures for the sake of some morons owning tasteless trinkets or trying fake medicine?"

Also in support of the global march, Joanna Lumley, OBE and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, says "If we stand by and watch the brutal extinction of rhino and elephant, the stain of shame on our human consciousness will never be forgiven or forgotten."

The organizers of the grassroots event say that, "only a truly worldwide effort will stop our globally iconic species being sold into extinction," explaining, "World Animal Day this year must focus on action - individuals, peoples, governments - all of us must act to end the vile trade in endangered species."

Officially acknowledged by United For Wildlife as an event that will raise awareness about the challenges facing the world's wildlife, organizers hope the event will also help to reduce demand for endangered species 'products' and will be pushing for governments to ban all commercial trading of endangered wildlife and to put an end to wildlife trafficking.

"Individuals, and society as a whole, can choose to shun ivory, rhino horn, lion and tiger bones as commodities," say event organizers, "but we need governments to play their part too, by increasing penalties for bribery, corruption and trafficking offenses, and by shutting down all ivory retail outlets and ivory carving factories, for example." The event will also call on governments to publically destroy their stockpiles of illegal wildlife products, to show "zero tolerance for illegal trading."

In Africa four elephants are illegally killed for their ivory every hour, and estimates are that between only 300,000 to 500,000 survive today. It is estimated that less than 22,000 African rhino now remain: every nine hours one is killed for their horn. As for the 'king of the jungle,' in South Africa more lions survive now in captivity, where they are bred for petting zoos and then canned hunting, than roam in the wild.

Their path to extinction is very clear and the culprit is well understood. "Ivory, rhino horn, lion and tiger bones continue to be sold to feed a relentless and growing demand, largely in Asia, where the body parts of these endangered animals are still viewed as highly sought after products," explain event organizers. 

The ivory and rhino horn trade is particularly cruel and gruesome, not only do poachers indiscriminately slaughter adults, babies or whole herds alike, but often hack off an elephant's tusks or rhino's horns while they are still alive. "When it comes to choosing between saving the elephant, rhino and lion from extinction or slaughtering them for some mythical unproven medicinal property or want for an expensive carving to show social status, we've made our choice," event organizers say. We want them to live.

MARCH & RALLY DETAILS

  • WHEN: Saturday, October 4, 2014 | 11am - 2pm
  • WHERE: La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Front of the Page Museum at the lion statue.
  • EVENT DETAILS (pre-march):
    • Begins at 11am. Education ambassadors Tippi Hedren from the Shambala Preserve, Catherine Doyle from the PAWS sanctuary, Carolyn Merino Mullins from The Museum of Animals & Society, Matt Rossell from ADI, Michelle Cho from the Humane Society, Lisa Levinson from IDA, and other experts will be on hand, as well as child ambassadors, to help people understand the crisis facing each animal and how to take action to save them.
    • There will be kids' art and face painting. 
  • MARCH DETAILS:
    • Begins promptly at Noon. Marchers will walk down Wilshire Blvd to the South African Consulate then return for a rally. People are invited to march with signs showing their business or group supports saving these endangered animals.
  • RALLY DETAILS (post-march):
    • Begins when marchers return to the La Brea Tar Pits at approximately 1pm
    • Will be a festive, kid-friendly, educational event
    • Musical performances by African drummers, Kat Kramer singing "Bless the Beasts and the Children," and the Agape Youth Choir
    • Keynote speaker: Dr. Reese Halter, an award-winning broadcaster, author of nine books, and distinguished conservation biologist.
    • Special guests
  • MORE INFORMATION:
 

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UPCOMING CRUCIAL EVENT!!!

Hello Everybody,

Please attend this important event put on by IFAW to discuss big cats born in the United States to be sold as pets or for financial gain and "Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act" (H.R. 1998 and S.1381). Your support is needed to get this Bill passed to stop the insanity.

 

This is important!!! Reservations are going very quickly. I look forward to seeing you there.

With Love for the Wild Ones everywhere,

 


 

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