Figment Ranch Foundation a safe haven for llamas, venue for events

The venue hosts its first wedding ceremony in fall 2018.

The venue hosts its first wedding ceremony in fall 2018.

Image description
Figment Ranch Foundation
Image description
Figment Ranch Foundation
Image description
Figment Ranch Foundation

Robin Turell and Ruby Herron bought their first llama in 1987 at a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo auction with the help of Turell’s father.

Today they own the 20-acre Figment Ranch on Mueschke Road in Cypress, home to about 75 llamas and alpacas as well as pygmy goats, tortoises, emus, sheep, turkeys, chickens, pigs and exotic birds, most of which have been rescued.

“We feel that it’s a need for us to be here because we do make so many people and animals happy,” Herron said. “If it wasn’t for us, some of these animals wouldn’t have any place to go.”

Figment Ranch’s animals have been rescued from abandonment, individuals who could not afford medical treatments, Hurricane Harvey and other situations.

Turell, Herron and foreman Sean Price perform the daily tasks associated with caring for the animals and maintaining the grounds. While the ranch has been around for more than 30 years, Figment Ranch Foundation became an official nonprofit in November 2018.

Proceeds from the gift shop and events hosted on the property go to purchasing feed for the animals, which costs up to $1,000 each week, Herron said.

Turell described the site as a “blank slate” that can be customized for birthday parties, family reunions, fundraisers and photo shoots, among other events.

For instance, the ranch hosted its first wedding ceremony in fall 2018. A starting cost of $500 includes a covered pavilion and restrooms, but the couple also opted for a llama photo shoot and brought in a dance floor, a DJ, catered dinner and campfire setup. The on-site Airbnb was used as a bridal suite.

The venue also has space for volleyball, kickball, soccer, football, giant Jenga and other yard games.

“The younger generation likes experiences,” Turell said. “They want something different, and that’s what we are—we’re different.”

The gift shop offers a selection of goods made from the hypoallergenic fibers of Figment Ranch’s llamas and alpacas, including handwoven rugs, dryer balls, exfoliating soaps and teddy bears.

Herron, Turell and Price have even more plans for the future, including llama hikes, felting and weaving classes, school field trips and a second Airbnb.

“Since we retired we felt we are so blessed with this [property], [and] we want to share,” Turell said

17102 Mueschke Road, Cypress
Hours: by appointment only



TxDOT has announced several Hwy. 290 lane closures this weekend. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)
14 Hwy. 290 lane closures affecting Cy-Fair drivers this weekend, Dec. 13-15

The Texas Department of Transportation has announced the following lane closures planned along Hwy. 290 this weekend.

Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee
Houston vying to become host city for 2026 FIFA World Cup

Houston is among 17 U.S. cities in the race to host the World Cup and is competing against other major cities, such as New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas, for the nod.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner addresses the Texas General Land Office at a Dec. 11 public hearing. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston area leaders call for more federal flood dollars at public meeting

Officials expressed concerns about proposed limitations for how federal funds will be allocated throughout the state.

Check out the annual Tomball German Christmas Market this weekend, Dec. 13-15, in Old Town Tomball. (Courtesy city of Tomball)
German Christmas Market: A guide to the Tomball event this weekend, Dec. 13-15

Take a look at our guide for attending the Tomball German Christmas Market this weekend.

Renovations are underway at Cy-Fair FCU. (Rendering courtesy Cy-Fair FCU)
Cy-Fair FCU’s Jones Road location to be remodeled

The modernization project will include a covered plaza entrance to the administrative and tenant spaces as well as a new two-and-a-half story tower entrance for financial center members.

Hwy. 290 was among the roads to see congestion decrease between 2018 and 2019. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper.
REPORT: Multiple Cy-Fair roads see drops in congestion between 2018 and 2019

The report, produced each year by the Texas Transportation Institute, analyzes the most congested roadways in the state.

Velma Perez competes on the Food Network's "Christmas Cookie Challenge" featuring host Eddie Jackson. (Courtesy Food Network)
Cy-Fair baker to be featured on Food Network’s ‘Christmas Cookie Challenge’

Velma Perez, the owner of CookieGram in Cy-Fair, will be featured on the show Dec. 16.

Tina's Permanent Makeup & Eyelash expands with new wholesale supplies shop on Barker Cypress Road

Officials with Tina's Permanent Makeup & Eyelash recently expanded the business, opening Houston Lash & …

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
See who is running to represent Cy-Fair in the 2020 election

Find out who filed to represent Cy-Fair in 2020 at the state, local and federal levels.

Licensed registered nurses can earn the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree to be better prepared for leadership and management roles. (Courtesy Lone Star College)
Lone Star College approved to offer bachelor’s degree programs in 2020

Starting in fall 2020, Lone Star College will be one of the first community colleges in the state where students can work toward certain four-year degrees.

Back to top