TTexas private ranches have been studying and conserving exotic animals since the early 1900s.
The herds of exotic animals are so large that they have been used several times to help repopulate the native wild herds in the countries of origin of several species.
An exotic ranch, such as Valkyrie Ranch, affords the opportunity for year-round visitation and easy access to animals in natural habitats (free roaming) for our guests.
We offer safari-like tours, photography sessions, breeding and resale, and education classes on exotic animals.
We have been successful in our breeding of Blue Wildebeests. Our herd started with only four animals and has now grown to seven in just two years. These beautiful, and somewhat funny, beasts can be seen running around the ranch and sometimes even in the woods.
Our Pére David's Deer are very special to us. We started with a single bull, named Pierre. That is actually his handsome profile in the ranch logo / brand. He was then joined by three cows, and then two more cows... but we didn't get any babies! What we learned is that this species of deer require competition to breed successfully. So, we added Pascal, a slightly younger bull. For most of the year Pierre and Pascal are the best of pals! They wander the ranch and entertain everyone with their silly antics like juggling sticks in their antlers and walking around with flowers hanging from their antlers. But, during their breeding season in the early summer they yell at each other and chase each other all over fighting over the ladies. The ranch now has four babies and we are hoping for one or two late seasons babies this year!