Many parts of the Southwest have become so developed that native wildlife populations have become severely stressed. The Mundy Ranch provides a haven for many wildlife species that are indigenous to New Mexico.
Perhaps the most impressive resident is the Rocky Mountain Elk. One of largest members of the deer family, the Elk (or Wapiti), attains a weight of over 700 pounds, stands 5 feet high and can be over 8 feet in length. In some cultures, the Elk is said to have spiritual powers. On New Mexico’s Mundy Ranch, Elk can be found year-round, raising families and moving to higher elevations in the summer.
Mule deer are another common sight on the ranch. These beautiful and peaceful animals are often abundant when we are out for a morning walk. It is a special treat to see newborn fawns with their dappled markings in the early morning sun.
If you walk quietly you are likely to see the shy wildlife residents of the ranch. These include the bobcat, the fox, the coyote, linx and ringtail. About the size of a small housecat, the ringtail cat is mostly nocturnal. Its large round eyes and successive rings are unmistakable features.
Other resident and migratory wildlife include the black bear, several species of hawks, ospreys and bald eagles, Merriam Turkeys and a multitude of songbirds. In the warmer months, several species of hummingbirds also call New Mexico’s Mundy Ranch home.
For the wildlife lover, the Mundy Ranch is a wonderland of opportunities to view and photograph nature at its finest.