From the looks of those parties in the grotto, the place is a zoo, regardless. But yes, peacocks, a marmoset, 49 squirrel monkeys, and many bunnies (human and otherwise) live there legally. Hef has a resident exhibiting permit for the Holmby Hills estate from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, and he’s not the only one. More than two dozen properties in L.A. County have met the requirements, ranging from Barnum & Bailey’s to Tippi Hedren’s Shambala. For the record, the Playboy menagerie includes a kinkajou that’s a year older than the current Mrs. Hefner.
Illustration by Jason Schneider