Zebras at Raw Hide Ridge Ranch

When I heard that there was a zebra farm right here in the teeny tiny town of Lumby (the town that is so small that it’s technically a village), I didn’t really believe it. Zebras, like the ones from Africa, right here in LUMBY? Sure enough, my good friend, Google, confirmed the story. Rawhide Ridge Ranch, located just 25 minutes outside of downtown Lumby (towards Mabel Lake), is not only home to four zebras. but it’s home to turkeys, cows, horses, sheep, chickens, coy, and bison too.

Curious to see what zebras living in Lumby looked like, and knowing Gracen’s love of animals, we picked a day and  booked a ranch tour. 

IMG 7379Today, we arrived to the ranch to meet James, one of the farm’s hosts, a big friendly rottie named Max, and this sweet little calf named Sophie. 

IMG 7371Gracen wasted no time and wanted to go over and say hello to Sophie right away.

IMG 7381Our host, James, was wonderful. He was super friendly, truly excited to tell us all about the farm, and very mindful of the fact that we had a {soon-to-be} two year old with us.  He even brought out a bottle of milk for Gracen to feed Sophie.

IMG 7373IMG 7383We spent the first part of our tour oohing over Sophie and this one week old foal, named Sky.

IMG 7384After a quick trip to the pond to admire the gorgeous water lilies and lily pads, it was off to the barn to meet a mystery animal named Tom.

IMG 7390Turned out that Tom was a giant, friendly turkey who roams freely around the ranch.

IMG 7396Such a funny looking guy – and with a personality to match.

IMG 7393We hung out in the barn for a while and visited with the other birds, and then it was time to be on our way.

IMG 7402Next stop – the fish! Strangely enough, this was one of Grae’s very favourite parts of tour (most likely because James gave her the job of feeding some of them).

IMG 7406IMG 7413IMG 7417It wasn’t easy, but when we finally convinced Grae to leave the fish, we headed down to the field to find Lucky, a very friendly ram who happily walks on a rope and visits with guests.  We petted him, learned about what to do if he ever puts his head down and looks as though he might charge at you, and some of us (not me!) were even brave enough to try playing a butting game with him.

IMG 7420Then it was off to see the farm”s highlight… The zebras.

IMG 7429IMG 7430IMG 7433IMG 7436When we got up to their enclosure, they were all the way at the very back of it near the forest, so James went in, rounded them up, and got them to come towards us.  The four of them, including 3 mares (2 of which are currently pregnant) and one stallion, came right up to the fence to let us admire them. They were beautiful and it was really cool to see zebras happily living in this sort of setting, rather than in a zoo.  We learned all about zebra behaviours and even got to witness Apollo, the dominate stallion, keeping the herd close together by nipping the rump of one of his female counterparts.

IMG 7443After a visit to the bison herd, that was our tour. We stopped to see the fish again, visited the beautifully rustic guest house that can be rented out much like a bed and breakfast, said goodbye to Tom, and left with a dozen free-range eggs and Grandma Charlotte’s name on the list for an all-natural free-range Christmas turkey.

We had such a good time at Rawhide Ridge Ranch that I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to visit a real, working farm. 

Rawhide Ridge Guest Ranch is located on Siglet Road in Lumby, BC. Contact them at 250-547-2525 or at rawhideridge@gmail.com to book a tour. Tours are $10 for adults, $5 for children, free for munchkins 4 and under and can be booked from April 1st to October 31st.

 
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5 thoughts on “Zebras at Raw Hide Ridge Ranch

  1. James says:

    Thank you Jen for your wonderful comments and pictures! We’re expecting baby zebras in August and in October…. I’ll have it posted to when it happens…
    James

  2. jkossowan says:

    Ya, I noticed that. I’ve had a few visitors find my post from your site. Thanks for that! 🙂

  3. James says:

    Great! The more the merrier 🙂

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