shambala is another hidden place in the surrounding LA area that i've never been to before. it's a cat sanctuary, existing solely to house abandoned exotic felines, mostly from private owners. once a cat is brought to shambala, it stays there for the rest of it's life, where all of it's many (and expensive) needs are taken care of.
my sister and i took a bus tour there through the community college. we super lucked out because it was a cold, foggy, drizzly day so the cats were active...a lion even roared so beautifully for us and Tippi Hedren came out at the end of the tour and eloquently spoke about how this place came to be, her time in washington dc trying to get a few bills passed to end breeding exotic felines, as well as being purchased by individuals in the united states and what she hoped to accomplish...which was putting herself out of business!!
i highly recommend taking a tour if you're in the area...it's a fascinating and great way to spend a day and help with the cause!
** the photos with thriller and sabu were michael jacksons tiggers from neverland**