|Address:||19191 Lawrence Canyon, Silverado, CA 92676, USA|
I recently came to Rancho Las Lomas for a wine event, and my first impression was that the property is very beautiful, but as I walked the property I became very upset. I can see why people want to have weddings at this event but I would advise against that until the owners find new homes for the poor animals on this property. They have a handful of animals that are in VERY small enclosures/cages/pens. The worst of it was the white tiger named Lilly, the zookeeper said that she was limping because of a surgery to fix her paw from being de clawed. Lilly looked so sad and cooped up in such a small cage, and she was limping a bit. I also felt really bad for the zebras small pen and some of the various other animals. But the tigers cage really bothered me the most, and on the way home my boyfriend found Ranchos instagram page and there he was led to a instagram page about Lilly and her unfortunate situation. We did our research on Lilly and found out that she still has this great opportunity to go to a wonderful big cat sanctuary that offers her SO much room and great medical care but the owners at Rancho Las Lomas dont want to give her away because she brings in money for their weddings. So with that being said, I hope that whoever is reading this review will have the compassion to not support this venue for their wedding until they find homes for at least Lilly if not ALL the animals on the property. This venue is gorgeous and doesnt need animals being exploited to have beautiful weddings. I hope the owners of Rancho reads this and realizes that Lilly is such a beautiful animal and should have the opportunity to roam free in a sanctuary that focuses solely on Lilly and not to bring in money for their weddings. You would be doing an amazing thing for Lilly and the public would be so grateful to you. *****Please dont support this venue until the owners do the honorable thing and release the white tiger to the amazing sanctuary in Minnesota*****
I am responding to a post regarding Lily the Tiger that resides on the property. I would be the first to encourage people to stay away IF it seemed they were harming any animals on the property, but that just does not appear to be the case. Further research reveals that Lilly came to them as a youngster that was being used as a photo attraction by a foreign company. Tragically someone getting their picture taken didnt make it out of the experience alive and the foreign company that ran the operation was shut down...leaving a handful of these declawed cats displaced. That is how Lily came to live at the property, as a rescue. The initial de clawing surgery Lily had when under the care of the foreign company was flawed and in order to help Lily, Rancho Los Lomas asked another surgeon to evaluate her to see what could be done to IMPROVE her condition. (Instead of walking on her whole paw pad, she was just using the back of her pad which limited he mobility and caused discomfort to her). Its not exactly fair to demonize Rancho los Lomas for the fact they took in a cat that had received a flawed surgery, while not in their care and are nice enough to attempt to fix it for her. Also very few sanctuaries that are open to big cats are ideal for declawed cats, because in a typical animal social environment there will still be power struggles and a declawed cat obviously cannot defend itself from aggression of other cats.
This review is to share the facts about Lily the white tiger, unfortunately the review from Ally Isakson is completely inaccurate. Kudos to her for trying to find out information but asking Rancho Las Lomas will not produce the truth. Lily came from a facility in Kansas that was shut down because one of their tigers mauled a teenager. It was not a foreign company and Lily came to RLL before this place was shut down and if fact a year later the owners wen back to the same facility and got another white tiger cub name Sumo, who died apparently at RLL and never got any medical attention. They were not displaced cubs, that is completely false. All of their tigers came the as tiny cubs and WERE not already declawed. RLL has told staff to lie and say that Lily came to them already declawed, this is from staff members who quit due to the owners true agenda. They absolutely declawed her and all of the other cats that they had. The only true rescues on this property is a goose and a parrot. All of the other animals were bought or bred on the property. This is not a sanctuary, this is a place that is trying to collect donations for the care of their animals that they purchased years ago and then formed a "non-profit".
I visited Rancho Las Lomas for a groupon zoo tour and it was wonderful! The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and you can tell they love what they do. The animals are from various situations where they couldve ended up in horrible places, but instead were given the opportunity of a happy, healthy life. They are very well taken care of and the enclosures (even the whole grounds of the property) are very well kept. I have worked in the animal welfare field for almost 8 years now and have witnessed some pretty upsetting things, but you can tell the animals at Rancho Las Lomas have a great home here. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to get close to some amazing animals and learn a lot as well!
Just had a wedding here. This is a good place if you have deep pockets and dont mind paying for every single thing. I asked if I needed heaters and they couldnt give me a number of heaters that would keep my guests warm. This is a place for events and they cant tell you how many heaters you should have. While getting ready the grooms Suite had a sewage spill and we had to get ready outside of the suite since the smell wasnt tolerable. They make you use single vendors for everything so you have zero room to negotiate. Some guests walked down from cocktail hour and the bar wasnt setup. For what we paid, as nice as this place may seem, I wouldnt recommend this place to anyone. Stay away.
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Went to a wedding here Saturday and absolutely despised the place. Caged exotic animals. They try to bill themselves as a zoological garden - what the hell is that? They only have a vet tech overseeing tigers, lions, zebras and parrots, and servals. Shameful. And noisy as hell during the reception for these poor sentient beings. Have reported this place to the proper authorities. I left in tears over the exploitation of animals. They try to pass themselves off as a sanctuary, but Ive been to many as I am in animal welfare, and this place is not a sanctuary. Hope it gets shut down. And for the record, the food for the guests absolutely sucked.
Located on a hillside off Santiago Canyon Road, Rancho Las Lomas was a great choice for a wedding I attended. The facilities and grounds are beautiful. A leisurely walk led to the tiger enclosure, and back to drinks on the patio surrounding a reflecting pool. The elevation changes of the property added a delightful visual element to the event. As dusk set in, the property came alive, capping off a beautiful day. As a guest, I truly enjoyed the ambiance of the estate.