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Murchison, TEXAS—A group of exotic wild animals who spent their lives at a deplorable roadside zoo in Canada are now receiving proper care and living their happily-ever-after at the 1,400-acre Black Beauty Ranch, a sanctuary that is part of the Humane Society of the United States. The animals...

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MURCHISON, Texas – A former “pet” tiger discovered in a cage where he could barely move in a Houston home last February has made great strides during his first year living at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. When he first arrived at the sanctuary, Loki had to adjust to a life in a spacious...

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Elsa the tiger in a cage on wheels being moved to her new home

Just as a historic freeze sent temperatures plummeting in Texas in February, overwhelming the state’s power grid, breaking pipes and leaving roads slick with ice, a strange call came into the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office near San Antonio. Someone said they heard an animal crying outside their...

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By Karen E. Lange

An approximately 6-month-old, 60-pound tiger named Elsa is settling into her new home at Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas. Elsa was someone’s “pet” and wearing a harness when she was rescued in freezing temperatures by Bexar County authorities. They placed her at a local wildlife...

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Photo of India the tiger playing in his pool with his red ball.

India leaps into his pool, pouncing on a purple plastic egg—his favorite toy, according to his caregivers. After a few minutes, the tiger ambles over to his watering tub. Instead of taking a drink, he plops in and closes his eyes in contentment. Although he’s young—roughly 10 months old on this June...

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Text by Brianna Grant  Photography by Meredith Lee
Photo collage of a roadside zoo brochure, ticket, a camera and a photograph of a girl with baby tigers.

Danielle Tepper had always loved dolphins. When she went on vacation to Hawaii, she knew she had to see them firsthand. Tepper—now a senior editor at the Humane Society of the United States—wanted to do it ethically, so she avoided captive dolphin attractions. Instead, she booked an excursion to...

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By Brianna Grant
White tiger in a cage at a traveling circus

The white Bengal tiger paces back and forth, back and forth in a squat cage on the edge of the show ring. The cage is little longer than the tiger's body. The clock ticks down to the start of three scheduled performances at this fair in Pennsylvania. Potted palms and wooden masks decorate the ring...

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by Karen E. Lange

TEXAS – COVID-19 is not impacting the care of nearly 800 animals representing 40 different species who live at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. The residents, who were rescued from testing laboratories, circuses, roadside menageries or saved from other dire circumstances, luckily do not know...

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TEXAS—In February, a young 75-pound tiger was found in freezing temperatures, in a cage in a San Antonio yard wearing a harness and was transported to safety at her new forever home at Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison. She was named Elsa, after the character from the movie Frozen, by the authorities...

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by Karen E. Lange

Selling parts and products made from imperiled wildlife species could soon be banned in Illinois thanks to the passage of HB 395, which is headed to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his signature. This bill amends the Ivory Ban Act, by banning the trade of products made from 16 additional species including...

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TEXAS—In May 2021, the headline-making search for a missing pet tiger named India was underway in Houston. Once he was found by authorities, the nine-month-old, 134-pound cub was transported to his forever home at Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas. This month marks India’s one year anniversary...

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INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s law prohibiting direct public contact with big cats and bears goes into effect on July 1. Implementation of this law brings much needed protection for some of the animals who have been subjected to public handling and forced to live in abysmal facilities in the state...

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MARYLAND—Today the Maryland legislature passed a bill that would ban the sale of parts and products made from imperiled wildlife species. The legislation is now headed to Gov. Larry Hogan for his signature. The bill (HB 52/SB 381) prohibits the trade in Maryland of products made from 15 at-risk...

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The search for India, the missing tiger in Houston, ended last night and the tiger is now safe. He spent Saturday night at BARC Animal Shelter in Houston and on Sunday morning is being transported to Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, a sanctuary run by the Humane Society of the United States...

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Kangaroo family found living together in a small enclosure at an unaccredited zoo outside Montreal

WARNING: This page contains graphic content. When rescuers slowly creaked the rusty door open, the dilapidated building appeared to be empty. Windowless and dark, the sheet-metal structure held no noise, only air thick with spiderwebs, dust and the burning smell of ammonia. Then a head with small...

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By Brianna Grant and Emily Hamlin Smith

MURCHISON, Texas—India and Elsa, the two young “pet” tigers found earlier this year roaming in Texas neighborhoods—India in Houston and Elsa in San Antonio—are spending their first summer living the good life at Black Beauty Ranch. The Humane Society of the United States released photos and new...

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