Dan Verrips always knows how to get that perfect shot.
Dan Verrips always knows how to get that perfect shot.
The outdoor wildlife industry’s biggest convention season starts every year in early January and typically runs through the 1st week in February. People from all around the world come together at the conventions to tell stories, see old friends while making new ones and and in many cases, do a lot of business together. This year’s shows were very special to us because of the incredible level of support we received from our partners. Between the Houston Safari Club and Safari Club International shows, we had close to 30 of our partners from both the ranch services and investment sides of our business not only attend but actually work in the booth with us. These partners are much more than that….they have truly become friends. These pictures don’t show everyone but they do show “everything”.
The pictures below were from the show booths as well as the WildLife Partners partner appreciation dinner we had in Las Vegas at the SCI show.
Hopefully we will see you there next year.
When we started on this magical voyage several years ago, many people struggled trying to figure out who we were and exactly what we were doing. Well, at this year’s DSC Convention, it was obvious that many people had figured it out while others still had more curiosity. This particular show is great in that we meet numerous current and new partners for both our ranch services and investment portions of our business. We were given a few minutes to speak at one of the evening banquets as well as being featured as a corporate sponsor throughout the entire weekend.
The show was a huge success as we both purchased and sold a tremendous amount of animals while also finding some great new investment partners to join us in profiting from conservation.
Here are a couple of pictures from the show.
The last several weeks have been incredible. We’ve purchased some of the most amazing animals including some we’ve never had access to in the past such as the Sichuan Takin, Turkmenian Kulan and Grevy Zebra. The Kulan herd is a very special animal for us and our partners as this is believed to be the last remaining breeding herd in all of North America. The Takin is also extraordinarily rare. We don’t know of any others owned by private ranches in the United States and they are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List.
In addition to these amazing animals, we also purchased Cape Buffalo, Gemsbok, Sable, Kudu, Nyala, Thompson Gazelle and many more.
January through early February is always a very busy time of the year for anyone in the exotic wildlife business. The Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club and Safari Club International annual conventions are all in this month. The shows are amazing and bring together tens of thousands of conservationists from all over the world. WildLife Partners is proud to be a corporate sponsor of each of these organizations.
At these shows, we get to spread the word on how we are approaching conservation with a model based on capitalism instead of charity. Along with spending time with current partners, we also meet numerous new conservation and ranch partners at each and every one of these shows who share in our vision of profiting from conservation.
If you are interested in attending any of these upcoming shows, you can contact our office for more details.
We are fortunate enough to work with some amazing species and including numerous species that are either extinct in their native lands or on the verge of it. There are also many species that while plentiful in their native lands, are extraordinarily rare in Texas and the United States.
Today, we were doing some work with some of our more unique and rare species: Markhor goats, Alpine Ibex and Rocky Mountain Big Horn. These are some of the best of the rarest! Thanks to Davin Cox at Venado Sires for helping us draw semen from these awesome animals. Ken Schlaudt and WildLife Partners will be breeding this giant 44” Markhor to produce more just like them.
When you breed more than 50 species of exotics animals from all over the world, you admire each and every one of them for their majestic beauty. However, one still stands out among them all and its the Giraffe and more specifically a baby Giraffe. We are pleased to announce the arrival of our newest WildLife Partners family member, a 5 month old baby female Giraffe. She is still on a bottle and will be for a few months. Her new family welcomed her with open arms (necks) and she’s doing great alongside her new “sister”.
Both of these awesome animals should be starting their own families in a couple of years.
We are extremely excited to welcome our newest BIG edition(s) to the WildLife Partners family. We recently purchased a large group of Cape Buffalo and have transported them to their new home at our breeding facility in Pettus, TX. We now believe we own the largest herd of Cape Buffalo in the world outside of Africa and expect this herd to grow to over 200 in the next 5 years. They are in the most natural environment one could image, roaming in their own 750 acre resort filled with brush and lush grasses.
I had the privilege of spending a few days at the ranch with my wife. While we were there, numerous new babies were born including Nyala, Kudu and Scimitar to name a few. The animals were definitely feeling photogenic and Dan Verrips did an incredible job as always.
I’ve said it numerous times but one of the most fulfilling aspects of what we do is how active and involved so many of our partners are with us. This last week, we had two visits from partners from Dallas, TX and Grand Junction, CO. And not to mention…during the visits we had a new Cape Buffalo and Kudu born that were discovered while we were driving around!!!
Great times….great memories and some awesome pictures to boot!!