A new breed of mammoths can now call Tiger Creek home. But the mammoths, not the shaggy elephant of pre-historic times, but rather the large American Mammoth Jacks, have landed a place to call home at the Tiger Creek Farm & Ranch. This past year the Board of Directors expanded our operations to include a Farm & Ranch division. One of our main products is organic hay. After this we soon realized that we have a surplus of hay and additional pastures; and thus we decided to assist domestic stock.
We chose the American Mammoth Jackstock as our first species for domestic preservation.
With the acquisition of 7 Jennets and one Jack we have established our founder-stock. Mammoth Jacks are the world’s largest breed of donkey and were developed in the United States through cross-breeding of imported large European breeds. The males range in size from 56 to 58 inches tall, about the same height as a horse.
What really sets these Mammoth Jacks apart from normal donkeys is that they were slowly going extinct. At one time, the Jack Stock’s number flourished to over 5 million in the country; but now, the numbers are down to less than 2,000. The jack-stock is now considered to be threatened and close to being on the endangered list for domestics. In addition to managing them, we are also creating an association called the American Mammoth Jack-stock Association that is chartered on George Washington’s birthday and will be doing an acquisition of the registry. The American Mammoth Jack Stocks were the backbone of our country for years. They didn’t have tractors or bulldozers back then, so they used these animals to create a large mule that they could use to work the fields to haul timber out. They were basically the bulldozers of the day. They were so vital and important in the American economy that by an Act of Congress, a stud book was created to manage the animals.
But in 1918, after the introduction of motorized vehicles, the demand for Jack Stock plummeted drastically. The American Jack Stock Registry noted that after the utilization of automobiles, thousands of Jack Stock were slaughtered because of the Jack’s decreased value.
With help from Tiger Creek, the Mammoth Jacks could be making its way back from the brink of extinction. We have a recovery plan in place and are going to try and get them all registered through a recovery program and create more of an interest. There is also a generational gap; a hundred years ago, 90% of us were farmers. We had specialized breeds for all types of work or purposes.
That has been lost now. Because of this, these animals are now in danger.
As Founder and Executive Director and as a Navy veteran I believe our heritage breeds deserve to be restored and protected. I started Tiger Missing Link Foundation in 1995 and acquired my first gelded Mammoth Jack in 1993. I had this gelding for a time, and he roamed Tiger Creek before the tigers were here. I really liked the Mammoth Jack and I planned to help his breed one day. By 1997 we formed Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge as a division of Tiger Missing Link Foundation. Today’s herd is being built up under Tiger Creek Farm and Ranch, which is also a division of the Tiger Missing Link Foundation. My love of big cats and draft animals has led me down a path of rescue and preservation of some the world’s most endangered species.
Together, my staff, my family and I are giving back to the animals that historically carried the progression of America and the American Dream on its back. We will do so one jack and jennet at a time.