Ranchland Conservation is a concept we’ve branded in an effort to highlight our ranching heritage and all that it offers through diversification more than 125 years after the Ranch’s establishment.
Since 1884, our Ranch has evolved from one or two conventional livestock species to more than 40 species from all over the world. It wasn’t until 1984 that our gates opened to the public to educate visitors from around the globe about the importance of conserving these species and the land on which they live.
About half of the species in our inventory face a threat to endangerment or extinction. Furthermore, the Scimitar Horned Oryx currently faces overcoming extinction in the wild; and the Arabian Oryx has faced extinction in the wild in the past.
Our mission and obligation is to provide healthy and sound environment for the animals that call our sanctuary home. We strive to ensure the survival and reproduction of species from around the world for future generations to enjoy, while providing a memorable, entertaining and educational experience for our visitors.
In 1992, the Texas Department of Agriculture designed NBWR as a Family Land Heritage Property. To qualify for this designation, a plot of 10 acres or more has to have been used for agriculture by the same family for at least 100 years. We take great pride in the history of our family’s Ranch. Today, the seventh generation continues our ranching traditions and values. In 2019, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch celebrated its 35th anniversary of operations.
It brings us immense joy and honor to watch species in need flourish within our operation. In the last year, we have had babies from our Addax, Aoudad, Arabian Oryx, Axis, Barasingha, Blackbuck, Bongo, Dama Gazelle, Eland, Emu, Fallow, White-Handed (Lar) Gibbon, Giraffe, Grant’s Gazelle, Impala, Kudu, Nile Lechwe, Nilgai, Sable Antelope, Scimitar Horned Oryx, Springbok, Waterbuck, Wildebeest, and Zebu.
In addition to our Ranchland Conservation onsite, which encompasses species conservation, we are an active member of Conservation Centers for Species Survival (C2S2), Source Population Alliance (SPA), and the Zoological Association of America (ZAA).