Zika and Nikki

Written by Nikki Artale

Photos by Nikki Artale

Zika has always had a love for animals since she was a young girl growing up in Russia. Every opportunity she had, she brought home stray animals. That was the start of her rescue and it continues until today. She started the nonprofit organization, Zika’s Animal Rescue (ZAR) in 2008.


ZAR has teamed up with the ASPCA chapter and plans to hold a fundraising event this summer to raise money and awareness of pet adoption. Due to the number of foreclosures in Southern Nevada, people leaving their homes are also leaving their pets behind. Pet homelessness has become a major problem. Zika found two guinea pigs in their cages that were left on the curb when their owners left their house. She immediately took them and now they have a home at the ranch.  


A previous event, A Furry Christmas, was held last month at McKee Ranch at 8982 Dean Martin Drive in Las Vegas to benefit local rescue animals. There are several rescue horses at the Ranch which is run by owner Max McKee. I will be writing a feature story on Max and the McKee Ranch in next week’s column.

Max McKee  

McKee Ranch

There was a lot of activity going on with Horse & Pony rides, games and a petting zoo.

The children were able to feed the animals from buckets of carrots and alfalfa cubes and there were plenty of smiles from them.

Dunkin the Donkey

Percy the Pig

Zika goes to the ranch everyday to take care of her Arabian horse Alex who was a rescue horse that she adopted last November. Alex is living a good life at McKee Ranch. Zika is a beautiful young lady who has a heart of gold and a contagious smile that warms your heart and soul. The love of animals has passed on to her 5 year old son Jonibek who gets excited every time their doorbell rings, because he is in hope that it will be another animal being dropped off at his house.


Zika & her Horse Alex

Zulflya Karinova aka Zika is also a noted singer and actress and has released a pop album and is working on a second album. Zika was discovered by music legend Joe Jackson in 2009 at a studio and he was very impressed with her and took her under his wing. Her musical influences include pop, rock and country. Zika was scheduled to perform on the Michael Jackson tour and it was her dream come true, which sadly did not happen. Joe has also endorsed ZAR and the wonderful work Zika is doing with the Animal Rescue. www.zika.us


Zika & Joe Jackson

photo by Erik Kabik


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_z6NViaS80        Zika (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWoNUNxHlHU    Zika (Part 2)


Nikki Artale

Nikki Artale, a woman of many professional backgrounds and experiences, is originally from a small town in North New Jersey. She moved here to Las Vegas back in 1995 to pursue the booming real estate market and has since been a contributing columnist for Vegas Community Online – interviewing the stars and entertainers for “Vegas Stars.” She has hosted a radio talk show, Celebrity News at All Talk Radio and has also been a part of a live internet webcast at “Live at the Studio.” Her numerous interviews with those responsible for the glamour behind Las Vegas can be found on her website www.ILoveLasVegasNV.net.

Nikki has also been active in the entertainment industry behind the camera – she belongs to the Screen Actors Guild and has been in numerous movies and has also judged screenplays for the Las Vegas Film Fest. Not only has she been behind the camera in the industry but also as a critic and has written many show reviews. You can usually find her at big entertainment events with her Nikon camera and smile, ready to review, interview, and capture the moments that make the night.

Aside from her lengthy experience in the entertainment industry she is also a successful Real Estate broker with 30 years of professional and dedicated services. She serves the greater Las Vegas area and has an in depth knowledge of the real estate housing market. She prides herself in giving excellent service to buyers and sellers with 100% of her time. You can contact her with the information below for any questions, comments or requests of services.

NikkiArtale@cox.net 702-279-7001


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