A world-renowned animal sanctuary

With over 1,400 acres, Black Beauty Ranch is home to nearly 800 domestic and exotic animals, many of whom have been rescued from near-death situations.

Cinammon and Ramon, two bobcats, relax in the sun at Black Beauty Ranch
Maura Flaherty
Riff the goat enjoys the lush meadow in his large habitat at Black Beauty Ranch

The ranch was founded in 1979 in Murchison, Texas by author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory. Its residents were saved from research laboratories, law enforcement seizures and cruelty cases. Others have been rescued from roadside zoos or were former victims of the exotic pet trade. Still others came from public lands where they were threatened with extermination by the federal government. Bison and cattle, horses and burros, antelope and apes, reptiles and tigers: all have permanent, safe homes at the ranch.

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Tumeric, a brown goat who lives at Black Beauty Ranch, looks up at the camera playfully

Gain valuable hands-on animal care experience, knowledge about a variety of species and exposure to the operations of an animal care center.

Russel the bear enjoys his pool at Black Beauty Ranch

Contribute in a wide variety of ways, from administrative work and coordinating special events to grooming, building enrichment toys and maintaining the grounds.

Willy, a Pig Tail Macaque, looks stoically at the camera from his large enclosure at Black Beauty Ranch

See our calendar for the most up-to-date list of events happening at the sanctuary.

Accretitations from three organizations: BCA, GFAS, and NAPSA