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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
Continuing with my fascination of Tippi Hedren and Shambala ...
Sarah McMullan
Dec 03, 2016 Sarah McMullan rated it liked it
You must watch the film ROAR!
The perfect companion to this, ROAR is the film they were trying to make with the big cats in Africa.
Shelved for many years, it was only recently released...ans for good reason.
The big cats were out of control. something like 47 crew were hospitalised with the head of cinematography having nearly the top of his head ripped off as well as limbs nearly severed. (He nearly died.)
Goldie Hawn required plastic surgery to her face and scalp after one scene, and the conti
Jul 14, 2011 Tristy rated it really liked it
Shelves: scavenged
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
Oct 06, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
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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Apr 12, 2016 Blank Blank rated it really liked it
A must read for any fan of Roar or big cats. The book primarily focuses on the raising of the cats so fans of Roar may come away wanting more. However this is currently this is the best way to learn about the production of Roar, so take what you can get. All in all it's a good read, Tippi learned a lot while raising the cats and does a good job passing on the information. The reader could probably (though shouldn't) successfully raise a lion after reading this.
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Nov 24, 2012 Kelsey Johnson rated it it was amazing
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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Nathalie Kay "Tippi" Hedren is an American actress, animal rights activist, and former fashion model. She made her film debut in The Birds in 1963, followed by the title role in Marnie in 1964. She has been involved with animal rescue at Shambala Preserve, an 80-acre wildlife habitat which she founded in 1983 north of Los Angeles. Her daughter is actress Melanie Griffith and her granddaughter is a ...more
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