With over 1,400 acres, Black Beauty Ranch is home to nearly 650 domestic and exotic animals, many of whom have been rescued from near-death situations.
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.
Gain valuable hands-on animal care experience, knowledge about a variety of species and exposure to the operations of an animal care center.
Contribute in a wide variety of ways, from administrative work and coordinating special events to grooming, building enrichment toys and maintaining the grounds.
See our calendar for the most up-to-date list of events happening at the sanctuary.