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What a great end to 2017 and start to the New Year!

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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.

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The convention season is upon us!

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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.

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The best of the very rare!

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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.

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Another great day at the ranch

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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.

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Let the Buffalo roam!!

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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.

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Doesn’t get much better than this!

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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.

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We just love partner visits!

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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!!

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Another Cape Buffalo Baby!

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When we started on this magical journey, we never thought we would have a chance to breed Cape Buffalo as they are extraordinarily rare in the United States with the total population of about 100. Well, that turned out not to be the case as we bought a small herd in the middle of 2016. That small herd has already produced 3 offspring, being 2 baby girls and a brand new baby boy pictured here. We discovered the new baby boy while during a visit with one of our conservation partners at the ranch in Mountain Home. It was quite funny when we pulled up and I realized what had happened right as Will said, “That’s a new baby”.

We are very fortunate to be able to own and breed a very rare species like this in the united states.

Some more great shots from our photographer Dan Verrips!

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What an exciting day!!

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Last night we took delivery of our new 9 month old female giraffe! As you will see, the family has taken her in immediately. What an awesome animal!

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More than just Partners

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If you look up the definition of partners you will find many different ones but the most common one is a person who takes part in an undertaking with another or others, especially in a business or company with shared risks and profits. The word partner means different things to different people and quite frankly, I think it’s misused by many. Well to us, it can be much more than the definition found on the internet. I’ve written several posts about how active so many of our partners have been over the last 16 months. Whether they come spend a week at the ranch, go on catch jobs or provide ideas for how we could do something in the business, its very clear how much fun they have being a part of WildLife Partners.

This was proven again, in a different way, last week. My wife and I were invited to come visit two of our partners in New York and Ohio. The trip was amazing and the friendships that have been built go WAY beyond partners. These people, along with many others will be friends for life and I am incredibly thankful for this and all of the other blessings we have received.

Here are a few pictures from the trip.

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