Longoria has been a sportsman his entire life.
As a child, Ricardo often spent weekends with his father at their
family’s ranch in Northern Mexico, “Rancherías”, one of North
America’s original game preserves. In the mid-50’s, to facilitate
the importation of exotic animals from more than a dozen countries,
a partnership was created between the Longoria family and the San
Antonio Zoo. Through this partnership, the founding stock were
imported to the United States and donated to the Zoo, with the
offspring being used to populate “Rancherías”. This is where
Ricardo’s love for wildlife conservation and exotic game ranching
This love is equaled only by his passion for bowhunting. During his
lifetime, Ricardo has had the opportunity to bowhunt on six
continents, collecting a wide variety of big game species. He
especially enjoys the challenge of bowhunting at high altitudes for
sheep and goats as well as bowhunting for a variety of dangerous
game animals, including Africa’s “Big Five” and many the world’s
“Wild Oxen” and “Predators”.
In recent years, Ricardo has focused much of his conservation
efforts on the creation of “El Sueño”, his family’s South Texas game
preserve. It is home to many different species of exotic animals,
including endangered species such as the Arabian Oryx, Barasingha
Deer, Eld’s Deer and Red Lechwe along with the native Texas
White-tailed Deer, Rio Grande Turkey, Collared Peccary and others.
His family’s foundation, the Longoria-Wright Foundation, is an
active supporter of Conservation Force, in particular the “Ranching
for Restoration” program. Ricardo espouses the belief that utilizing
revenues generated from the hunting of exotic animals in North
America to fund conservation projects for these same species in the
wild not only helps conserve these species, but also helps
legitimize the hunting of exotic animals in North America.