Lions Tigers & Bears’ Wild in the Country Fundraiser Supports Exotic Animal Rescue and Advocacy Efforts

| April 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

Lions, Tigers & Bears,San Diego’s only accredited big cat and bear sanctuary, will host its annual Wild in the Country fundraiser from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 20. The gala will feature special guest hosts Jagger and Kristi from Magic 92.5 FM, a live performance featuring New York Broadway stars Sandra Joseph and Ron Bohmer, lead actors in “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables” and more and dinner by “Chef to the Stars” and owner of Pamplemousse Grille Jeffrey Strauss.

Wild in the Country is the sanctuary’s largest and most impactful fundraiser of the year. All proceeds will benefit the sanctuary’s 65-plus exotic and ranch animal residents, providing food, enrichment, habitat maintenance and veterinary care and provide the opportunity to rescue even more big cats and bears in need.

“Our team rescued eight new animals in the past year alone,” said Bobbi Brink, founder and director of Lions Tigers & Bears. “As a nonprofit, donations from generous supporters help us fund these cross-country rescue missions and lifetime care for deserving animals that come into our care. We can’t wait to welcome our longtime supporters and first-time visitors to learn about the work that we do.”

Guests may bid on exclusive items in the silent and live auctions, including travel packages and luxury goods and will have the opportunity to walk around the sanctuary to visit the rescued animals and the stories that brought them to their lifetime home through Lions Tigers & Bears’ lifesaving work.

Tickets for the event must be purchased in advance and are available at three different levels:

  • Platinum level (adult): $350, includes premier reserved seating, one hour VIP pre-event reception with hors d’oeuvres and a welcome drink and a unique “Feed with a Keeper Experience,” where guests 18-plus can help feed one big cat and or bear
  • Gold level (adult): $200, includes preferred reserved seating, one-hour pre-event reception with hors d’oeuvres
  • Silver level (adult): $150, includes general admission and open seating
  • Child (all levels): $50

To purchase tickets or learn how to become a sponsor, visit

Thanks to donors, Moka has residency at Lions, Tigers & Bears. Photo is courtesy of Sharyn Umana.

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