Things to Do

April 28
Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Twilight Tours

The first EFBC Twilight Tour of the year is open to visitors on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Guests will arrive during evening hours to see the behavior of wild cats in the night. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

For the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Twilight Tour, the Lancaster Rotary will provide barbecue, and sweet treats will be available at the bake sale. Guests will also have the chance to win a variety of raffle items. The event enables visitors to see one of the world’s largest collections of rare wild feline species during their most active period. Enrichment items, “toys,” will be given to EFBC felines to pique their interest.

Admission is $20 per person, and guests must be age 18 and older. Advance tickets are available, in limited supply, by contacting EFBC directly or through the wildcatzoo.org website for purchase. Those with early ticket purchases enter the event one-half hour early, at 5:00 pm.

The EFBC’s Feline Conservation Center is a non-profit facility housing approximately 70 rare felines representing 18 wild feline species. Guests can visit the EFBC during its regular business hours, daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Wednesdays). Parking is free. EFBC is located at 3718 60th St. W in Rosamond. For information, call 661-256-3793 or log on to Wildcatzoo.org.

May 12
Breakfast with the Gibbons
In a celebration of Mother’s Day weekend, the Gibbon Conservation Center is hosting “Breakfast with the Gibbons” on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The event includes a tour of the center, kids’ activities, a silent auction and a raffle for moms.

Pre-sale tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and kids, $65 for families (2 adults and 2 kids). Children 5 and under are free. The Gibbon Conservation Center is located at 19100 Esguerra Road in Saugus.

For more information, email Alma@gibboncenter.org or visit Gibboncenter.org.

Placerita Nature Center Open House
You can hike, pan for gold and watch animal presentations at Placerita’s Open House from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 12, 2018. There will be crafts and activities for the kids, exhibits, caricatures, and nature box programs as well. The Placerita Canyon Park & Nature Center is located at 19152 Placerita Canyon Road in Newhall. For more information, visit Placerita.org.

Bird LA Day
Dozens of sites across Los Angeles will participate in Bird LA Day on May 12. From backyard birding to bird origami and bird yoga, there are a lot of creative opportunities. The expert Wildlife Waystation Bird Team will hold discussions about their own residents, including: Soot, a red-tailed hawk who was burned as a chick; a barn owl named Barnee with an injured wing; Tumbleweed, a great horned owl who suffered multiple injuries including a broken leg, dislocated elbow and left wing damage; and a Golden Eagle named Hatari, with an amputated left wing following an injury by a probable gunshot or power-line accident. The non-profit animal refuge houses a collection of birds including cockatoos, macaws, parrots and eclectus birds, as well as reptiles and mammals such as bears, chimps and bison.

Wildlife Waystation will be open from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. for adults, age 18 and older. A $10 donation per person is suggested, and an RSVP is requested. It is located at 14831 Little Tujunga Canyon in Lakeview Terrace. Visit WildlifeWaystation.org.

May 19
Friends of Happy Trails Banquet
Happy Trails will hold its annual banquet to raise funds for abused children served by the Happy Trails Children’s Foundation. Guests will have food, games, raffles, auctions, as well as live entertainment by Cow Bop. The 8th Annual Friends of Happy Trails Banquet will be held on May 19 at the Holiday Inn, 15494 Palmdale Road in Victorville. For tickets and for more information, call 760-240-3330.

Saturdays
The Placerita Nature Center has an ongoing schedule of bird watching hikes and animal shows on Saturdays. On the first Saturday of the month it begins at 8 a.m. at the Castaic Lake Recreation Center with the two-hour Castaic Bird Walk. On the third Saturday of the month there are Twilight Tours with hikes from 8-9 p.m. Park staff and docents split groups and courses through different trails in the dark. Every Saturday is an animal show, where staff members share some of the species living at the center. The P

NC is located at 19152 Placerita Canyon Road. For more information, visit Placerita.org.

First Saturday
Madeline’s Angels
Madeline’s Angels Pet Sanctuary holds a bake sale fundraiser on the first Saturday of every month at Gilchrist Farm in Saugus. M.A.P.S. is a foster-based animal rescue in Santa Clarita dedicated to helping the abandoned and forgotten find their way to a forever home. The local rescue has information for visitors who want to know more about saving the lives of animals. Gilchrist Farm is located at 30116 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus.

To find out more about Madeline’s Angels Pet Sanctuary, or to sign up to contribute to the bake sale fundraiser, email mapsanimalrescue@gmail.com or go to mapsanimalrescue.wordpress.com.