Cíbolo Creek Ranch is home to many different types of animal life, including our well-known herds of Texas Longhorns and American bison, or buffalo. We have a pair of camels that hark back to the 1850s when the US Army had camel patrols that were stationed at Fort Davis and frequently visited Cíbolo Creek Ranch. Of course, we have our herd of horses for our guests’ enjoyment, and we have burros.
Our mountains are home to mule deer, white-tailed deer, and Carmen Mountain white-tailed deer. Aoudads are a type of large North African sheep imported to West Texas in the 1940s and 1950s. They have found a paradise here and have multiplied rapidly. Our area was once home to elk that later disappeared from the region. We have reintroduced elk to the ranch and we now have a sizable population. Javelinas, or peccaries, are native to our area and can be seen throughout the ranch.
Predators are definitely present, but are harder to see. Most come out mainly at night. They include mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, and ringtail cats. Black bears are occasionally seen traveling on the ranch.
Our native birds include Río Grande turkeys, scaled quail, Gamble’s quail, and Mearns’s or Montezuma quail, golden eagles, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, hawks, owls, roadrunners, chukars, pheasants, and over 500 other species of birds that are known to frequent the Big Bend area. Of particular interest are the large numbers of hummingbirds that visit us. The Big Bend also has 18 species of bats that help control our insect population.