A Lifelong Passion Project
For Gabe Ligon, what began as just a seed of passion for animals and education has grown into a thriving haven for exotic animals, conservation initiatives, and educational programs.
What sets Barn Hill apart from other zoos and zoological facilities is that we place an emphasis on the animal's quality of life and their environment. You won't find a ton of concrete and observation glass at our facility, but rather open fields and grasslands that mimic natural environments that our animal ambassadors are used to.
One comment we get very often is how our animals seem very happy, and our caretakers play a big part in that happiness.
Most, if not all of our animal caretakers have previous zoo experience or have formal education & training through a bachelor's degree, or equivalent experience.
Barn Hill's passion for protecting wildlife doesn't stop at the border. Many of our staff members take regular trips around the world to assist in emergency conservation efforts.
This picture was taken of our founder sending a drone up to survey Australian lands ravaged by the 2020 wildfires, searching for animals that survived the blaze.
In addition to protecting and serving wildlife in danger, we also wanted to create a more direct connection between people and the wild animals they care about, whether they live in different countries or on different continents. So Global Wildlife Support was created.
A 501C-3, the main goal of Global Wildlife Support is to aid wildlife across our ever-changing planet and to help individuals and organizations who share a similar vision.
To date GWS has donated over $100,000 to conservation efforts in Australia, Guyana and Costa Rica, and has also provided hands on relief after the 2020 Australian bush fires.