return to freedom

Photo credit: Rich Sladick

Registration is now open for a series of upcoming photo safaris hosted by Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation at its San Luis Obispo County satellite sanctuary.

Visitors will have the chance to photograph 72 wild horses and 16 burros roaming freely on 2,000 acres of rolling hills with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean in the distance.

Safaris last three hours and can be scheduled for early morning or late afternoon. A picnic basket with snacks and beverages will be provided or visitors can opt to end their safari with a pre-arranged picnic lunch or dinner.

Photo safaris are scheduled for Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and Nov. 17 or by arrangement. Cost is $350 per person. Safaris are open to a minimum of four and maximum of 12 visitors.

Now in its 20th year, Lompoc-based Return to Freedom is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the freedom, diversity, and habitat of America’s wild horses and burros through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation.

Proceeds from photo safaris benefit the more than 500 wild horses and burros in Return to Freedom’s care at five California locations and its advocacy work on behalf of wild horses and burros on the range.

For more information, or to register, see