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Action Alert: Report Blue Hills Ranch for operating illegally

Facebook photo of two children bottle feeding a baby giraffe at the unlicensed Blue Hills Ranch in McGregor, TX.

Blue Hills Ranch, McGregor, TX, is operating without a license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in violation of federal law.

Blue Hills Ranch is owned by Matt Leiberman. It is listed as a performance and event venue, often hosting weddings. The facility has also added guest rental cabins on the property.

The roadside zoo collects various exotic animals including giraffes, zebras, lemurs, otters, kangaroos, camels and others.

The facility offers paid safari tours for $75 per person.

Guests can also swim in a hot tub with otters for $150 per person.

For an added $50 per encounter, visitors can interact with various other species of animals at the park, according to the Blue Hills Ranch website.

For $150 each, guests can bottle feed a baby giraffe. The giraffe was stolen from its mother and "donated" to Blue Hills Ranch by Dominique Ferraro, owner of Zebras R Us. The sale of endangered species is illegal but roadside zoos get around the law by calling the sale a "donation."

Ferraro is also acting illegally as an unlicensed breeder, dealer and transporter. She frequently does business with other roadside zoo owners including Jason Clay of East Texas Zoo and Gator Park and Franklin Drive Thru Safari and Brian Werner (Ferris) and Emily Owen of Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary.

Federal regulations indicate that any facility that exhibits exotic animals to the public in commerce must obtain a license from the USDA.

USDA records indicate Blue Hills Ranch has failed to obtain the federally required license to exhibit animals.

Please email the USDA at and ask them to cite Blue Hills Ranch for conducting regulated activities without a USDA license, in violation of federal law.

Blue Hills Ranch

Owner: Matt Leiberman

Address: 2032 Blue Cut Rd N, McGregor, TX 76657

Phone number: 833-711-1777


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Thank you for being a voice for the animals.

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