Y O Ranch
Kerr County, Texas
Wildebeests descend a hill to visit the tour bus at the
Y O Ranch
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A view of the hills and landscape at the Y O Ranch.
On the left are Wildebeests grazing and on the right the
Giraffe house can be seen
One of the giraffes arrives at the tour bus for a
Getting a bite of corn from the tour guide.
The Giraffes learn quickly
what the sound of the bus means and come to eat out of
the hands of those on the tour.
County Pioneer, Charles A. Schreiner, bought
the 550,000 acre Y O Ranch in 1880.
The name of the ranch "Y O" was based on the
brand used for their cattle. It
was the headquarters for the Schreiner
Cattle Company. Live
Oak Ranch, now part of the Y O, was the
sheep operations headquarters.
In later years the ranch became a major site
for exotic wildlife from Africa and other
areas of the world with the purpose of
preserving endangered species and establish
breeding programs for them.
Daily 1/2 day tours are conducted in certain
areas of the ranch not used for ranching and
hunting. Visitors can view herds
of antelope, zebra, buffalo, longhorn
cattle, giraffes, wildebeests, black buck
and many other forms of exotic wildlife.
A cowboy lunch is part of the 1/2 day tour,
served at the "Chuck Wagon", with
space for visitors to eat in rustic comfort.
The ranch is located on Texas State Highway
41 about 15 miles west of Mountain Home, in
"Handbook of Texas
Online" and information from the Y O