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America's largest and most diverse animal sanctuary
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About the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch

Horses graze peacefully in the grasslands at the ranch. Walter Larrimore

The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is a world-renowned animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas.

Its 1,437 acres are home to more than 1,000 domestic and exotic animals, many of whom have been rescued from near-death situations such as slaughterhouses, biomedical research laboratories, and trophy hunting ranches. Others are discards from circuses or roadside zoos, or were former victims of the exotic pet trade. Still others have come from public lands where they were threatened with extermination by the federal government.

Bison and cattle, horses and burros, antelope and apes, camels and llamas, all have permanent, safe homes at the ranch, which was founded in 1979 by Cleveland Amory, author and animal advocate.

The ranch is not a zoo and is not open for regular public visitation. Amory's vision was that it "would be a place where animals are looked after, not looked at." In 2004, the board of directors of The Fund for Animals voted unanimously to rename its flagship animal sanctuary the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch to memorialize its late, great founder.

  • About Cleveland Amory, a Lifetime Leader for Animals
    Cleveland Amory, a prominent author and television personality, founded The Fund for Animals in 1967 and Black Beauty Ranch in 1979. He served as president of The Fund until his death in 1998.
  • Meet Our Partners
    Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is a member of The Fund for Animals and partners with The Humane Society of the United States to provide direct care to animals in need.
  • Contact and Directions
    Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch mailing address, phone number, and email address.

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