There’s a new camp in town!
Mustang Monument Eco Resort has just opened its doors – or should that be tent flaps, since accommodations are tepees, located on 900 square miles - in the Spruce Mountains of Nevada. Not only does it offer a true American safari, but its owners are trying to save America’s wild mustangs.
While the tepees are only 300 square feet, they are furnished with plush leather chairs, hardwood floors and adjacent tepee-bathrooms. The resort also offers a 24-hour butler service and an in-tepee spa treatment. The closest large airport is Salt Lake City, Utah, a 2-1/2-hour drive away.
The history of Mustang Monument is really a history of Madeleine Pickens, as this was all her idea. After moving to the U.S. from the UK, she married singer T. Boone Pickens, after which she developed a passion to preserve wild mustangs . The couple led the fight to close the last horse slaughterhouse in the United States. Their work resulted in the passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act by the U.S. House of Representatives. In recognition of their efforts, they received the Equine Advocates’ Safe Home Equine Protection Award in 2007.
During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Madeleine set about organizing emergency aid for countless homeless animals in New Orleans. She arranged and paid for aircraft to evacuate over 800 dogs and cats that were transported to the safety of many southern California shelters and humane societies. This experience motivated her to increase her involvement in animal rescue, specifically the preservation of the wild horse.
After the Bureau of Land Management announced in 2008 that the U.S. government was considering euthanazing or selling off more than 30,000 wild mustangs to slaughterhouses overseas, Madeleine announced plans to develop a sanctuary for the horses. She soon announced the development of her charity, The National Wild Horse Foundation, later renamed Saving America’s Mustangs, to fund the sanctuary and garner support for the cause. In 2009, she testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands in support of the Restoring Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act.
Her efforts to rescue and preserve the wild mustang continue today. After buying the sanctuary in northeastern Nevada, she saved over 600 Mustangs from slaughter. Saving America’s Mustangs has raised the necessary funding to develop and open Mustang Monument Eco-Resort and Preserve, an arm of SAM, that will maintain the sustainability of the wild horse preserve for years to come. It is also meant to educate the public about the animals.