MALIBU, Calif. (FOX 11) - Rumors about the safety of Malibu Wine Safari’s Stanley the Giraffe sent his fans – including celebrities like Khloe Kardashian and Lance Bass – into a frenzy as wildfires closed in on the area around the facility.
Thankfully, according to an Instagram post late Friday, Stanley was safe and being cared for by trainers and management at the of the winery attraction.
In the post on @a_giraffe_named_stanley on Instagram, the caption on a blurry, nighttime photo of the giraffe said, in part, the park lost “a considerable portion” of its barns and facilities and there were a few animals that were unaccounted for.
The post came after photos purported to show Stanley with smoke and flames of the fire rapidly approaching him from the hills in the background.
Update on #StanleyTheGiraffe - Bob Dunn, who is an animal trainer, is monitoring the situation and has confirmed a vet by the name of Steven Klaus is on site. Please RT and share. We will keep you updated as we get more info. #SaveStanley cc: @LanceBass @khloekardashian— Lizza Monet Morales #ClassyChingonas (@xoxoLizza) November 10, 2018
In a post on Stanley’s Instagram Stories, park management said they have the situation “under control” and reports that Stanley was in any danger were incorrect.
Malibu Wine Safari CEO Dakota Semler tod FOX 11 LA's Sandra Endo Saturday, "It's been tough. We've been, there's been water shortages. Water has been turned off in the area. We don't have any utilities. So we've been running off of generators and backup water supplies."
Thanks to everyone in the community for your prayers and support through this difficult time. Our amazing animal care and facilities team began preparing for evacuations late last night and because of their efforts we have survived the fire. Our management team and animal trainers are onsite right now feeding, providing water, repairing enclosures, and caring for our animal family (including Stanley). While we have lost a considerable portion of our barns and facilities, our primary concern is the lives our animal and human families. We have a small number of number of animals unaccounted for but the search is continuing through the night. Your offers of support are deeply appreciated and as we begin the reconstruction process we will reach out to neighbors to help with this process!