We’ve been very busy over the last several weeks preparing to stock the animals for our 3rd partnership. Today we were in SE Texas on a catch job. Having already caught numerous animals at this location, we knew we had to get creative due to the extremely thick cover on this ranch. We had guys on horseback that helped drive the animals out of the brush enabling us to catch them. Today we caught Kudu, Chinese White Lipped Deer, Gemsbok and Waterbuck. Over the last few weeks, we’ve also caught Nubian Ibex, Bison, Axis Deer, Sable, Nile Lechwe, Blackbuck, Red Lechwe, Fallow Deer and Water Buffalo.
Here are a few pictures of some recent catch jobs.
Yesterday we had conference calls with all of our Conservation Partners from our first two partnerships. We shared everything we have accomplished over the last year as well as where things are heading. Our partners get to have fun, be part of a great conversation story and make money all at the same time. It’s safe to say there isn’t anything else in the world we would rather be doing.
Here are some more pictures taken by Dan Verrips yesterday at our Mountain Home facility. Amazing work, as usual.
It’s really been awesome over the last 2 months at both of our breeding facilities. We’ve had numerous visitors that were all treated to some amazing wildlife viewing because there are babies literally everywhere. There are very few areas that don’t have a brand new baby walking around today. Over the last 60 days, we’ve had nearly 100 new babies born across numerous species including Cape Buffalo, Kudu, Sable, Black Wildebeest, Blesbok, Grant’s Gazelle, Thompson Gazelle, Dama Gazelle, Himalayan Tahr, Impala, Transcaspian Urial, Markhor, Nyala, Nubian Ibex, Scimitar, Arabian Oryx and Addax.
We just started selling offspring from our 1st Partnership and plan to make distributions at the end of June.
Here are some recent pictures from our breeding facility near Kenedy, TX. Thanks again to Dan Verrips for his amazing work.
Most people know the investment side of WildLife Partners but not the animal sales and purchase side. Over the last year we have done business with nearly 150 different ranches and that number continues to grow each and every week. Why? Because we have developed a product/service that helps ranch owners justify their ranch as a business by selling exotic wildlife. Our stock then buy program does just that. We stock the ranch with various species then come back and buy all of the offspring the ranch produces. The revenue produced from these sales helps the owners produce income while also giving them the ability to write off many expenses related to the ranch.
Despite all these new ranches joining the exotic wildlife industry, there is a finite number of animals in the State of Texas and with an ever-growing demand it requires getting creative to find new ranches to work with. Our crew is the best in the industry and the results speak for themselves. In April alone, we sold more than $550,000 worth of animals to ranches across Texas and each and everyone of those had to be captured on another ranch.
Here are some great action shots from some of the recent catch jobs.
Wow! It has been one heck of a start to the Spring at the WildLife Partners’ breeding facilities. Over the last 45 days, we have welcomed more than 40 new offspring into the world from 13 species. We’ve got new babies from the following species: Nubian Ibex, Addax, Kudu, Hog Deer, Pere David, Sable, Transcaspian Urial, Cape Buffalo, Markhor, Nyala, Scimitar and Arabian Oryx. We are expecting an enormous amount of new babies over the next 3-4 months.
The highlight of these pictures is definitely the baby Cape Buffalo. WildLife Partners is one of only 3 ranches in Texas to own Cape Buffalo and this is our 2nd baby girl.
I really need to thank our photographer, Dan Verrips, for more amazing pictures. Enjoy!
We are very fortunate to have 2 of the best wildlife photographers in Texas with Dan and Becky Verrips. Their ability to fully capture the beauty of these amazing animals is priceless. Here are several recent shots taken from both ranches. One specific animal here is an amazing specimen and it’s our new breeder Kudu bull. He is by far the widest Kudu we have ever seen. His horns are 55″x 56″ tall but are 56.5″ wide at the tips. Neither us nor some of our breeder friends in Africa have ever seen one this wide. He is being bred to our Kudu cows that came out of a 67″ bull in hopes to combine his width with that length.
Over the last few weeks, we have been extraordinarily busy with visitors to the ranches from both current and prospective partners. During one of the recent visits with a family from Houston, we rounded a corner to find an Addax had just given birth to a calf. Seeing new babies is always exciting but to see one so fresh it still couldn’t stand up was awesome! Addax were poached essentially to extinction in their native lands, with less than 200 animals remaining, but they are thriving in Texas thanks to profit minded individual conservationists. Today, it’s estimated there are more than 7,000 of these beautiful animals in Texas.
Here are a few of some great shots taken by Dan Verrips the day after we were there.
We had a visitor at our breeding facilities this weekend that had numerous questions about pretty much everything we do at WildLife Partners and the exotic wildlife industry in Texas as a whole. The one thing he brought up over and over again that was so shocking to him was the size of the industry and more specifically the incredibly high demand for these animals. Being a guy from Maine, this is absolutely what should be expected.
Well, at the same time we were visiting both facilities in Mountain Home and Pettus, an annual meeting and auction was taking place in Kerrville, TX. The results actually beat the expectations we had, which were already high. In just 2.5 hours, 105 lots sold for a total of $550,000. Here are some of the specific groups that sold.
1 Male and 1 Female yearling Dama Gazelles – $10,000
1 Male and 3 Female Thompson Gazelles – $25,600
2 Female 1.5 year old Arabian Oryx – $13,000
2 Yearling Female Sable Antelope – $35,000
1 Pair of Gemsbok – $13,500
WildLife Partners LLC and our Partners currently own 20+ Dama Gazelle, 10 Thompson Gazelle, 25+ Arabian Oryx, 60+ Sable Antelope and more than 30 Gemsbok. These are just 5 of the more than 50 species we breed today. As we continue down this path, the appreciation in the value of these animals continues to be steady across most of these species. In fact, when we launched our first partnership about a year ago, Sable cows were selling for about $10,000 each. Now they are selling for about $17,000 each on average and we expect that number to be $20,000 by the end of 2017 as the demand seems endless at this point.
Since we started on this incredible journey last April, its been nothing short of amazing. The first animal purchase for our first partnership was last May and we finished 2016 having fully stocked both of our initial partnerships. In total more than 1000 animals were purchased across 37 species. Well, those animals have been doing their part. Since last May, we’ve had more than 120 babies born with nearly every species contributing to those numbers. Below are some recent pictures taken by our photographer Dan Verrips. His work is amazing! Included in these pictures are Scimitar Oryx and Nile Lechwe, both of which are on the endangered species list. The Scimitar has actually been extinct in the wild since 2000 when they were essentially poached out of the deserts of Chad in Northern Africa. Thanks a booming industry and the help of ranches across Texas, a small group of Scimitar were sent back to Chad in 2016. In September, the first baby Scimitar was born in their native lands since they went extinct in 2000.
Thanks to the help of our partners these and many other endangered species are thriving in Texas today.