Safari West Live with Giraffe

Safari West Live

New to the Safari West Wildlife Foundation (SWWF) in 2020, Safari West Live brings the wild creatures and educational programming of the Safari West Preserve to children’s hospitals and young people in underserved schools anywhere. This fully interactive, live-streaming experience introduces the timeless wonder of the wildlife safari to the digital age.

For nearly three decades the Safari West Wildlife Preserve has touted itself on being “as close as you can get to Africa without going there.” The preserve was founded on the idea that there is nothing quite like meeting wildlife where it lives and on its own terms. While a trip to Africa may not be affordable, but Safari West, with its wide open spaces and vast, mixed-species herds, can replicate much of the experience.

With COVID-19 deeply compromising the Foundation’s onsite programming, we took a lesson from nature and adapted.  This resulted in the creation of Safari West Live.  Our primary goal was to offer real-time programming for children anywhere in the world without losing the one-on-one experience with our guides and counselors.

Currently, Safari West Live's outreach is largely focused on children’s hospitals and Title 1 schools. The program works by live-streaming a fully 60 minute wildlife safari, complete with one-on-one information flow among the safari guide, other educators, and participating patients and students. Consistent with in-person programming, participants gain a true understanding of the importance of protecting wildlife and their habitats as they encounter giraffes, rhinos, zebras, and more. This experience is available anywhere with an internet connection and requires little more than a video screen, a speaker, and a microphone.

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity for an up-close and intimate experience with nature, regardless of whom or where they are. Safari West Live makes it possible to inspire people to become wildlife stewards for life.

With COVID-19 deeply compromising the Foundation’s onsite programming, we took a lesson from nature and adapted.  This resulted in the creation of Safari West Live.  Our primary goal was to offer real-time programming for children anywhere in the world without losing the one-on-one experience with our guides and counselors.