Hypocritical Exotic and Wild Animal
Info on Tippi Hedren
and her Shambala Preserve's Origins
To the general tabloid reading public,
Tippi Hedren is the aging actress that scared the birds (or the
other way around) in the Alfred Hitchcock’s horror movie “The
Birds.” She also happens to be the mother of the drug and
alcohol addicted actress,
Tippi is also known in the exotic animal community as a
pushing for bans on the private exotic animal
ownership, while exempting her own, public donation dependent, Shambala Preserve from the bans that would outlaw the
self-supporting, financially stable, private sector.
As Shambala Preserve’s president and owner, Hedren claims her
organization saves animals from horrible private ownership. What
most people do not know is that her original Shambala Preserve
(Roar Foundation) was her very own overgrown collection of
100-140 big cats she bought or bred herself. Tippi was the
epitome of the irresponsible exotic animal owner; she bought and
bred more animals than she was able to provide for on her own
after her movie ROAR failed miserably. Realizing that she needed
public donations to support her animals, Tippi established her
very own wild animal sanctuary.
So WHY is this irresponsible, hypocritical, exotic animal owner
trying to ban others, the responsible, fiscally smart private
exotic sector while exempting her own preserve? As a side note,
she now has some animals she didn't breed, buy or board. Over
the years, Tippi acquired quite a few "pre-owned" animals
needing new homes, adding them to her growing menagerie. She has
fewer exotic animals now as a sanctuary (less than 70) than when she was
collecting her 'working' exotic pets (around 140).
Gallery of examples of
dangerous & irresponsible activities Tippi was
- Kids and big cats do NOT mix
- Getting at or below the eye
level of a big cat is dangerous
- The lion was illegally in
their city home in LA area...
(click on thumbnail)
By April 1972, Tippi Hedren already acquired 21 lions,
many of whom were originally living illegally in her Los
Angeles, California, area city home (as admitted by
Tippi herself in her book "The Cats Of Shambala").
The lions were acquired because she needed them for her
movie, they were not rescued. 'Rescue' implies you
provide shelter for the animals you don't need out of
the goodness of your heart; she needed these big cats to
make money in the movie business.
June 1977, in a matter of 2 days, a woman elephant handler
and Tippi were both seriously injured by the bull
September 1977 article's title: "Cost of 'Roar'
measured in cast's blood, anguish" says it all.
People kept getting injured because Tippi had no clue
about how to interact with the big cats in a responsible
manner, yet, she refused to stop filming.
By July 1978, forty eight injuries occured by Tippi's exotic pets. Any responsible person would by
this time realize that maybe they were not made
for this and quit. Instead, Tippi continued in her
||By December 1978,
kept increasing her personal exotic pet collection. A
baby tiglon was born. In the
1982 video below, she admits
that out of 113 animals they had at the time, half
were bred by her at her ranch, the rest were acquired from
the breeding zoos, circuses and parks. These were NOT
rescued from bad owners.
||By October 1979, the movie ROAR was
still not finished and people kept getting injured.
According to the news, Tippi and her ex husband now had
141 big cats and 2 elephants.
None of them had any experience with exotic
hoping to make $ 150 million in the box office using her
exotic pets as props.
In December 2007,
a keeper was injured by a tiger
at Tippi's Shambala preserve, but Tippi still
refused to take any RESPONSIBILITY.
REXANO Urged Tippi Hedren to
Take Full Responsibility Following a Tiger Attack at her
Seems like it is easier to get money by being
donation dependent sanctuary than have a for profit, tax
Shambala, Roar Foundation 2007 Tax
USDA Animal Welfare
Report from 2010
Video from around
1982, showing how
irresponsible Tippi was with
her visitors, and where she freely admits to breeding, NOT
rescuing, half of her exotic pets.
What is a True Exotic Animal Sanctuary?
By Zuzana Kukol, September 2008
Unedited Version HERE