San Diego’s Lions Tigers & Bears Exotic Animal Sanctuary Kicks Off Holiday Season With Special Events

Lions Tigers & Bears, San Diego’s only accredited big cat and bear sanctuary, is welcoming guests to spend the holidays with its residents exotic animals. The animal rescue and education facility has released its holiday schedule, celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas with enriching animal activities during their limited-capacity, special visits.

Lions Tigers & Bears guests will encounter retired circus animals, exotic animals formerly used for inhuman photo and petting opportunities and abandoned, illegally owned big cats, all who’ve been rescued and given forever homes in wide open habitats.

Visitors will observe in awe as these majestic creatures celebrate with feasts and activities of their own during each holiday-themed visit.

Treat Yourself To Lions Tigers & Bears Pumpkin Bash

Pumpkin Bash | Saturday, Oct. 31, 10AM

A new trick-or-treat tradition that involves wide open space, wild animals and a worry-free activity, Lions Tigers & Bears welcome visitors to come in costume to watch as rescued animals devour their Halloween treats and dig into stuffed pumpkins during this special guided visit. Member: $30 for adults and $15 for kids, nonmember: $60 for adults and $35 for kids.

Thanksgiving Turkey Bash | Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28 at 10AM

After families enjoy their turkey day, another feast awaits. Big cats and bears have a holiday feast of their own – including turkey and stuffed pumpkins – during this special twist on a Saturday educational visit. Member: $30 for adults and $15 for kids, nonmember: $60 for adults and $35 for kids

Christmas With the Animals | Saturday, Dec. 12 at 12PM

Experience holiday cheer galore at Lions Tigers & Bears’ Christmas With the Animals, a special afternoon at the sanctuary. The main event: watching the animals open their Christmas gifts. Member: $40 for adults and $15 for kids, nonmember: $60 for adults and $25 for kids

“Our holiday-themed visits are the highlight of the year for our guests and resident animals,” said Lions Tigers & Bears Founder and Director Bobbi Brink. “We welcome the public to experience these holiday festivities in a safe and exciting way – it’s a great outdoor family activity, with plenty of space. While visitors see tigers splash in and out of the pool regularly, it’s extra special to see the lions leaping into the pool once a turkey is involved or to see the bears meticulously unwrap their Christmas gifts.”


These activities are limited capacity, and the sanctuary requires families to reserve their space in advance.  All proceeds benefit the rescued animals, providing food, enrichment, habitat maintenance, veterinary care and more. The events will happen rain or shine.

Book online here or call 619-659-8078.

Lions Tigers & Bears is enforcing guidelines ensuring a safe sanctuary visit, including limiting group sizes and requiring face coverings and a 6-foot physical distance between visitors, volunteers and staff.

About Lions Tigers & Bears

Lions Tigers & Bears is a federally and state licensed 501(c)3 nonprofit rescue facility dedicated to providing a safe haven to abused and abandoned exotic animals while inspiring an educational forum to end the exotic animal trade. Lions Tigers & Bears is a NO CONTACT, NO KILL, NO BREED and NO SELL facility that allows the animals in its care the opportunity to live out their lives with dignity in a caring and safe environment. Lions Tigers & Bears is one of the few sanctuaries in the United States with the highest level of accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and the American Sanctuary Association.

The exotic animal rescue nonprofit, led by Brink, has coordinated rescues for more than 600 big cats, bears, wolves and other exotic animals across the U.S. in need of permanent refuge and lifetime homes at reputable sanctuaries, including Lions Tigers & Bears. Guests can book visits, become a member, host events or stay the night at White Oak Wild Nights, the onsite, private two-bedroom luxurious retreat. For more information, visit here.

See you there….and stay healthy, San Diego!

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