In the early 1950’s to meet the needs of a changing economy, Charlie Schreiner III pioneered exotic wildlife ranching at the Y.O. stocking the Ranch with game animals from all over the world. As early as 1953 Blackbuck Antelope, Axis Deer, Sika Deer, Fallow Deer and Aoudad Sheep were introduced and have been running a wild with native Whitetail Deer ever since. Some of these herds are larger than those found in their native countries.
A World Leader in Wildlife Conservation
For the past 40 years people have been calling the Y.O. Ranch “Africa in Texas®” because Charles Schreiner III started his exotic wildlife conservation program in the 1960’s when the San Antonio zoo’s director Fred Stark needed help with the zoo’s exotic wildlife program. The first species of exotic wildlife to be let free on the Y.O. Ranch as an experiment in adaptation word Blackbuck Antelope from west Pakistan and Auodad Sheep from north Africa. Soon to follow were other species like Corsican Ram from the uplands of Corsica and Sardinia. Sika Deer from Japan and its off islands, and Axis Deer from India. In efforts to assist in conservation the Y.O. Ranch has sent two groups of Blackbuck Antelope back to their native land of Pakistan.
Y.O. History & Exotic Wildlife Tours
This innovative wildlife conservation program has made the Y.O. Ranch a world leader in exotic one of game preservation. Today you take a daily Y.O. history & exotic wildlife tour and see up to 60 species of exotic wildlife including 22ft. tall giraffe, herds of zebra, red necked Ostriches from Africa, Emus from Australia, Oryx with rapier horns from eastern Africa, south American Rhea, water Buffalo from Asia to name just a few.
So come to the Y.O. Ranch and take one of our daily Y.O. history and exotic wildlife tours. Our guides will take you around the ranch and you will get a close as these animals will allow which opens up opportunities to get some great photographs as well.
The cost of the tour and lunch is $32.95 per person and the tour takes 1 ½ to 2 hours. Reservations are required so please call ahead to make sure we have room to accommodate you, your friends and your family. For bus tours, larger groups and corporate outings we will set up a custom tour.