Winston Wildlife Safari in United States

Winston Wildlife Safari
Photo: Stefan Aspegren, Wildlife Safari
Photo: Stefan Aspegren, Wildlife Safari


Owner1973-1980?: Frank Hart
Safari Game Search Foundation
Size600-acre (2.4 km2)
Opened for public1973
Place Winston
Region Oregon
Country United States
Website Website


Key People

Veterinarians 2001-2003: Hanspeter Steinmetz (veterinarian)

Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants

Elephant keepers 1988: Jim Laurita
Record history
History of updates2021-09-16

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Winston Wildlife Safari, in Winston, United States , was founded in 1972, opened for public in 1973.

Living elephants

At the Winston Wildlife Safari lives 3 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Moja born 1982-05-24
  2. Tava born 1978
  3. Valerie born 1982

Comments / pictures"Wildlife Safari is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves a 600-acre (2.4 km2) safari park of t"he same name in Winston, Oregon, United States. Hundreds of Species wander freely over the 600-acre (2.4 km2) park, which guests drive through. The park consists of drive-through animal habitats covering approximately six hundred acres, a petting zoo and a village with restrooms, a restaurant and gift shop. Wildlife Safari features 600 animals, including bears, capybaras, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, hippopotamuses, lions, and ostriches. The animals are given free rein on the grasslands, and are accessible for viewing by driving on a designated path. Wildlife Safari is world-renowned for its cheetah breeding program. The safari is also one of only two Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited facilities with hands-on elephant experiences in the country."

Frank Hart, naturalist and businessman and a frequent visitor to Africa, was the creator of Wildlife Safari.

1973: The park opened in the spring of 1973 and became a non-profit organization in 1980, and is overseen by the Safari Game Search Foundation.

1979: Frank Hart bought 12 African elephant calves for $64,000 from animal trader Wolfgang Delfts in Windhoek, Namibia; among them were Moshi, Nanda (Nandy), Tanga,

References for records about Winston Wildlife Safari

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Winston Wildlife Safari, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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