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The Cats of Shambala

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The riveting story of how actress Tippi Hedren, in the process of making a feature film as a plea to save wildlife, came to share her home and land with some 100 lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, and cougars.
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published December 31st 1985 by Simon & Schuster (first published August 1985)
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This was a great book. It is about Tippi Hedren (and her family) in the 1970's and their desire to make a movie about big cats. It is really a warm and sometimes heartbreaking story of the tenacity of this family in holding on to a dream. They went through so much in the making of their movie (Roar!) and the things they learned about big cats (the hard way - with many visits to the emergency room) make an interesting read. Unfortunately, Roar was pretty much panned when it came out in theaters. ...more
What a wild book! Tippi Hedren is amazing woman and this book highlights an incredible time in her life when she raised a variety of big cats in both her own home(!) and her Soledad Canyon preserve that is now the Shambala Sanctuary. I cringed many times in reading how intensely fierce and life-threatening even the most loving big cats can be and I was entranced by the great photography that accompanies the book. I found this (signed by Tippi herself) copy in a garbage dump in Petaluma and I'm s ...more
A wonderfully written book about the story behind the making of the fabulous big cat movie "Roar". I saw the movie many years ago when it first came out and have been obssessed with big cats ever since! It was the most enchanting, wonderful movie and the story behing its making and the Shambala reserve is captivating.If you read this book, don't forget to get the movie and also the making of the movie, available at the Roar Foundation website.
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I think about this book every once in awhile, and I read it in high school! Still looking for a copy to buy for myself :)
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