Intro: Our family loves to get in touch with nature. We are building a science center on our ranch for local children to learn about conservation and renewable energy. We are also an animal sanctuary with more than 10 species of domestic animals that we maintain, to include 4 different species of turtles. We also provide food, water and natural habitat for an array of wild animals, birds and fish. As a family, we hunt, fish, bike, kayak and camp on a frequent basis.
Originally this was a sheep ranch spanning 1000s of acres. Up until the 80s, migrant workers came to work the sheep, deliver the lambs, and sheer the mamas. In the 50s, the original owner built a Read more...
Originally this was a sheep ranch spanning 1000s of acres. Up until the 80s, migrant workers came to work the sheep, deliver the lambs, and sheer the mamas. In the 50s, the original owner built a small cabin near the main homestead for his oldest son and his new bride, hoping they would stay on to run the ranch, but as youth often do, they left in search of a different type of life. An Austin investor named Klutts purchased the land and carved it into affordable 20 acre segments. We were fortunate to be able to purchase the segment with the original homestead, and expand the cabin into a 3 bedroom home using materials from the original 100+ years ranch house that we carefully dismantled. Only this year did we move in a herd of barbados sheep, in an attempt to restore some of the original feel of the ranch. We delivered our first lamb, Lyle, on February 10, 2021.
The mighty tortoises that inspired the name of the ranch and the future science center were a rescue from an adjoining property that attempted an animal sanctuary, but were affected by the shut down of Texas oil fields. Juke and Rocky are 30+ year old brothers who weigh close to 200 lbs each and will likely outlive us. There are a number of other turtles, wild and domestic, on the property.