Dr. Nancy Anne Lang started her career wildlife career as the founder of the Avian Conservation Center at the San Francisco Zoological Gardens (Zoo). She later became General Curator. During her 20 year tenure at the Zoo she developed a highly successful program for propagation and release of over 100 threatened and endangered birds of prey. During that time she was Chair of the California State’s Raptor Rehabilitation Coordination Committee and was a member of the California State Governor’s Research Coordination Committee. She also produced a decade of annual wildlife conferences that were attended by up to 1,000 biologist from around the world.
Dr. Lang is currently Director/Proprietor of Safari West Wildlife Preserve in Santa Rosa, California. Safari West is located 60 miles north of San Francisco and consists of a 400 acre wildlife sanctuary that conserves, protects and propagates 800 animals, primarily from the African continent and Madagascar.
Since the inception of Safari West, Dr. Lang has been responsible for day-to-day management of Safari West Wildlife Preserve and Tent Camp. This includes budget development and oversight, long range and strategic planning, oversight of personnel management, and planning for growth and development of a successful for-profit enterprise.
Since its founding, Safari West has grown from a small safari based operation, serving several hundred visitors to a premier educational facility. Safari West’s continual growth and evolution were carefully steered during the past two decades by Peter and Nancy Lang. In addition to the safari excursions, guests have an opportunity to experience African style tent camping. Sourced in Ladysmith, South Africa by the Langs, the luxury tents allow visitors a unique adventure to sleep while surrounded by herds of African animals. Now with over 60,000 annual visitors, Safari West was rated by AAA second only to Disney Land as a must experience location in California. This year, Sunset Magazine listed it as one of the top 300 destinations in the western United States. Dr. Lang continually updates the Safari West business plan and sets goals and expectations that are met an exceeded on an annual basis making it a one of a kind conservation education facility.
Dr. Lang holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Biology from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Wales in Cardiff. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Santa Rosa Junior College and she regularly conducts classes and labs at Safari West that are part of curricula at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University.