Barn Hill Preserve

Barn Hill Preserve was founded in 2013 to educate and inspire the public about wildlife, exotic animals, and the environment. Getting up close and personal with an array of unique animal ambassadors provides an unforgettable experience. Barn Hill is located in Ethel, Louisiana (beautiful East Feliciana Parish). In addition to animal education/ entertainment Barn Hill holds permits to rehabilitate native wildlife and provides sanctuary for exotics with a focus on large parrots. Services we offer to the public include:

Field Trips

Mobile School Programs

Parties at Barn Hill

Mobile Parties

Community and Promotional Events

Day camps

Pumpkin Patch Workshops

Mini Labs

Exotic Animal Rescue/Rehoming

Wildlife Rehabilitation



Education, Preservation, Conservation

“Waking up each morning and working with animals to share my passion with the public is a dream job! The support from my family, friends, and the surrounding community has made this project possible. I have big plans for Barn Hill and hope to educate, entertain, and provide an unforgettable experience for anyone who visits. As our facility grows we plan on accomplishing more in the field of wildlife rehabilitation and exotic animal rescue/rehoming.”

  1. -Gabriel Ligon

Gabriel’s interest in animals began at 3 years old when he hatched a clutch of chicken eggs in an incubator made by his father and grandfather. He attended elementary and high school at Silliman Institute in Clinton, Louisiana. During High School. Gabriel operated his own white dove released business for weddings, events, etc. His best memories from high school was completing 3 High Adventure programs through scouting (Troop 51) and achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Shortly after graduating from Silliman he went backpacking in Australia to visit the Australia Zoo and see the continent’s unique wildlife in person.

Gabriel enrolled in Louisiana State Universities Animal Science Program in the summer of 2010. In 2012 he took a semester off to move to the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica to work with wildlife. While in Costa Rica he worked with parrots, anteaters, kinkajous, tayras, ocelots, peccaries, primates, and coatimundis. His biggest achievement was assisting with the improvement and efficacy of the wildlife diets. Unfortunately his stay was cut short when he was attacked by a spider monkey multiple times. A scar from a ripped ear reminds him of Costa Rica each day.

He has been a vet tech since he was 16 and currently works when he can at All Pets Hospital. Gabriel considers Dr. Fred McMullan his mentor and has learned a great deal about exotics and their care from him. Past jobs include Education Coordinator/Facilities Manager at Louisiana’s largest wildlife rehabilitation facility, where he gave presentations using up beat public speaking techniques and live animals.

The dream of starting a wildlife education facility beacme a reality in 2012 when Barn Hill gave its first school presentation

Wildlife Rules!

Gabriel Ligon

About Barn Hill’s Founder


Meet our newest animal ambassadors!