West Texas A&M University’s beloved mascot, Thunder 11 will soon have a new home if fund-raising efforts prove to be successful. Providing a space for the buffalo that properly represents the majesty of the animal and the importance of the University’s mascot has been a longtime dream for the WT Herdsmen and Shawn Burns, chief of the University Police Department and the Herdsmen adviser.
Land has been secured for the project with 15 acres on Valley View Road northeast of the First United Bank Center and south of the Stanley Schaeffer Agricultural Learning Lab. The site will include a small parking lot, a 40-foot by 60-foot metal building, a holding pen and shelter large enough to accommodate two animals and a turn-out area as well as a round pen for training. The building will house an indoor storage area along with a meeting room for the Herdsmen.
The new habitat is estimated to cost around $150,000. For a closer look, check out the video on this page, and to help build a new home for Thunder 11, MAKE A GIFT TODAY.