Black Beauty Ranch: Visit the Ranch of Dreams!
Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is an animal sanctuary located in Murchison, Texas.
The ranch is over 1,400 acres and is home to more than 800 animals within 40 different species.
“Most animal sanctuaries are specific in that they take in monkeys or they take in horses,” said Noelle Almrud, Director of Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. “We are unique in the fact that we take in a little bit of everybody. We’re focused on three main groups. We have our horses and donkey, our equine, we have non-human primates and we have a large group of wildlife. And if you want to add a fourth group we also have a large group of factory farm animals.”
The animals that live at Black Beauty Ranch came from cruelty and neglect. So the ranch takes in the animals and provides them with the highest quality care.
“Our mission is to provide lifelong sanctuaries to animals in need,” said Almrud. “Our goal is always to provide them the most natural habitat possible.”
All of the animals have tailored and large living habitats, whether is for a donkey, bear, tiger or ape.
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Loki has moved into his new yard! He loves the pools and larger habitat he now has access to which includes trees, platforms and a den. We are so glad to provide him with a forever home here at Black Beauty Ranch.❤️ Photos by Maura Flaherty 👍 #Tiger #BigCat #Rescue #SanctuaryLife #HoustonTiger #Swimming #Fun #Enrichment
Black Beauty Ranch is not open to the public on a daily basis, but there are select times throughout the year you can visit the property.
“Our founder, Cleveland Amory, wrote a book called Ranch of Dreams and when he started this place he said this place would be a place where animals would be looked after and not looked at,” said Almrud. “So we are not a traditional zoo and we are not open to the public on a regular basis out of respect and dignity for the animals.”
But Almrud adds that they recognize they have an educational opportunity to educate the public so animals don’t have to keep coming to sanctuaries.
“We do offer, usually 2 to 3 times a month, a guided bus tour here on the property,” said Almrud. “People can come in, they can see the work that we’re doing, see the animals, and hopefully learn something that they’ll take away with them.
Here are the upcoming tour dates in 2020:
- January 11th: 1 p.m.
- January 25th: 1 p.m.
- February 8th: 1 p.m.
- February 22nd: 1 p.m.
- March 7th: 1 p.m.
- March 28th: 1 p.m.
- April 11th: 1 p.m.
- April 25th: 1 p.m.
- May 9th: 1 p.m.
- May 23rd: 1 p.m.
- June 6th:10 a.m.
- June 20th: 10 a.m.
- July 11th:10 a.m.
- July 25th:10 a.m.
- August 8th:10 a.m.
- August 22nd:10 a.m.
- September 5th:10 a.m.
- September 19th:10 a.m.
- October 3rd: 1 p.m.
- October 17th: 1 p.m.
- November 7th: 1 p.m.
- November 21st: 1 p.m.
- December 5th: 1 p.m.
- December 19th: 1 p.m.
Cleveland Amory founded the ranch in 1979, so they’re celebrating 40 years this year!
“Cleveland Amory was an author and animal advocate and started the sanctuary in 1979,” said Almrud. “And over the years we’ve grown from 80 acres to 1,400 acres and now we have over 800 animals on the property. so we’re excited to be celebrating our 40th anniversary this year.”
Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is located at 12526 Co Rd 3806 in Murchison.
The ranch is a non-profit so they’re always accepting donations.
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