Fossil Rim Seeking Donations Post Fire


aoudad_f_yEarlier this year, a fire swept through and damaged buildings at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas. Reps for the conservation facility said the Nature Store Gift Shop and a storage building were damaged in the blaze. Fortunately, no humans or animals were injured. The fire was first reported as a brush fire which took 20 firefighters about four hours to put out. Though the center was able to remain open, the repair & rebuilding costs were (and continue to be) costly.

Fossil Rim holds a special place in the hearts of us here at AAE. Back in 2009, when this site was under construction, the park was one of our first stops as we looked to get original photographs of some of the exotic species that called the park home. Many of theses pics can still be seen in our ‘Name Your Game’ animal info pages!

The Exotic Wildlife Association (EWA) recently sent this message, urging it’s members (and others) to help with the rebuild of this wonderful learning center:

fire-fossil-rim-wildlife-center“In February 2014, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center lost its main office and the nature center to a devastating fire.  Dr. Pat Condy and the staff of Fossil Rim are in the process of rebuilding one of the premier wildlife centers in this country.  The Fossil Rim Wildlife Center has been instrumental in promoting  non-indigenous and indigenous wildlife  to visitors all over the world who might not otherwise be able to learn about these amazing animals and  fantastic industry any other way.  To rebuild this fabulous wildlife center takes considerable resources.  Please open the following link and see how you can help in this effort and at the same time have your name or ranch on the wildlife center’s walkway for thousands of visitors to see.  Please join the Exotic Wildlife Association in its support of this venture and help Fossil Rim rebuild its facility.”

Join AAE and the EWA in assisting this awesome Texas landmark park with their recovery efforts! Fossil Rim has even started a “brick campaign” to allow people to literally be a PART of rebuilding history!

Via the FRWC website:

“We’ve launched a brick campaign to raise funds for the new Nature Store. Proceeds from the Nature Store represents a significant contribution towards feed and care for over 50 species of animals. Please join us in our conservation efforts by having your name cut in stone for your child, family, school, business, club, society or to honor someone special. By donating to this cause, you are participating in our conservation efforts. It will be a much appreciated donation in our time of need.”

Donations can be sent to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 2155 County Road 2008, Glen Rose, Texas 76043 or here >>> Help rebuild Fossil Rim Wildlife Center!!

47th Annual EWA Membership Meeting


EWA logoThe 47th Annual Exotic Wildlife Association Membership Meeting is being held March 14th and 15th, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in San Marcos, TX. The Exotic Wildlife Association’s mission is “to encourage and expand the conservation of both native and non-native hoofstock, and to help [their] members develop and strengthen the markets for their animals” and with a membership of over 3,700 exotic enthusiasts, their once-a-year event is not one to be missed!

ewa casino night 2012Just a few of the weekend’s activities…


Start the day with banquet exhibits, TGR Tropaeology School (from 9 am to noon) and silent auction ending at 4 pm. Then join the fun at the Austin Savanna @ the TDSL Game Ranch in Creedmoor, Texas! Ranch tours run from 3 to 5 pm, leading up to a cocktail reception at 5 and dinner at 6, followed by the now infamous ‘Casino Night’.  Enjoy your favorite casino games like Blackjack, Craps & Roulette from starting at 7:30 and ending with prize drawings at 10:30 pm.  


SableFBThe most important activity associated with the Annual Membership Meeting is the annual election of directors, which takes place during the General Membership Meeting, Saturday morning, starting at 9 am.  Remember, these elected individuals set the policies and procedures for this association.  Saturday afternoon the EWA’s 12th annual Video Animal Auction will take place with some of the finest non-native hoofstock consignments to be found anywhere.  Auction starts at 1:00 pm.  This is an excellent opportunity to buy or sell or just improve the genetics on your ranch.

Saturday night will conclude the membership meeting with dinner and the EWA awards presentations, plus guest speaker John Newby of the Sahara Conservation Fund. The Grand Auction begins at 7:30 and will conclude the event.

“Bring your employees, friends and family and support the association that supports you.”

If you have not registered, please do so as soon as possible. Click here for a full schedule of the weekend’s events. For further information or to register, please contact the EWA office at 830.367.7761 or visit their website @ or email:

HLS Exotic Auction – Sept. 2013


Huntsville Livestock ServicesLooking to stock exotics on YOUR ranch with exotic animals?

Make plans to attend the 4th exotic auction of 2012 at the Huntsville Livestock Services. HLS has been specializing in exotic sales for more than 20 years and are well known for the quality of their hoofstock.   Whether you’re looking to buy or sell prime livestock, Huntsville Livestock is ready to help.

Event: Huntsville Livestock Services – Exotic Auction

Huntsville Livestock ServicesDate: Friday, September 13, 2013

Sales begin at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Huntsville Livestock Services, Inc
1846 Interstate Hwy 45N
Hunstville, Texas

Huntsville Livestock offers:
• Red Deer
• Fallow
• Sika
• Elk
• Indian/African game animals including camels, llamas, zebras, mini-horses, donkeys and more

For more information or to inquire about dates and particular breeds or species, please visit Huntsville Livestock Services, Inc or call (936) 295-4483.

1st AAE Group Blackbuck Hunt a Huge Success


At AllAboutExotics, we try to organize 2-3 exotic group hunts each year.  A great way for us to spend some time with our fans in the great outdoors and enjoy some unique hunting opportunities in the state of Texas.  Our previous group hunts have included aoudad, axis & nilgai antelope.  This year we were able to offer our first hunt for blackbuck antelope…and what a BLAST it was! John Humbert was one of 4 hunters that joined us to chase blackbuck. This is his account of his eventful pursuit of these wily critters…

John Humbert Blackbuck[story by John Humbert]

I had the pleasure to be included in the recent  Blackbuck Group Hunt held this past June 28th-30th hosted by AllAboutExotics outside of San Angelo.  Due to some scheduling conflicts, I was unable to attend the ‘Nilgai Cast-and-Blast’ group hunt earlier this year, and judging by the reports of fun had by all – I wasn’t going to miss this next one.  Besides, I need to “upgrade” my blackbuck, as my daughter took a beautiful all-black trophy last December…and it was making my euros look a little weak!

The hunt was held on the Door Key Ranch just south of San Angelo.  The Door Key is a historical ranch and landmark in West Texas.  If I recall correctly, way back in 1881 John Willis Johnson, Sr.  bought around 47,000 acres near Christoval and founded the Door Key ranch.   Johnson, originally from Tennessee,  made a name for himself as hide-and-animal inspector, tax collector, and as a sheriff.   One of the remarkable things about him serving as sheriff was that he did not carry a gun – arresting many a wooly outlaw simply by outsmarting them!  There is an interesting history of the man and the ranch to read if you have the time.   Parcels were sold off here and there, and the remaining 5,600 or so acres of the prime bottom land bordering both sides of the creek were retained and is current owned and managed by the Heartsill foundation.

My first impression of the ranch was of shocked surprised.   I had been in the San Angelo area many times and had some pre-conceived notions of the terrain.   As I drove up to the ranch house where we would be staying I saw some beautiful – but typical – mesquite flats and cedar brush that one would expect.  However, as I got closer to the ranch house and the creek, I found quite a bit of mature hardwoods, and even some pine trees!  Cover was everywhere, some very thick, and the mesquite was already heavy with beans.   However the hunting would go, I knew I would enjoy exploring and see this ranch – and I was right!  [ Continue Reading ... ]