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Our Mission

Barn Hill Preserve creates extraordinary personalized and engaging experiences that ignite a lifelong passion for wildlife and conservation.


We fulfill our mission by:

Providing superior animal care and natural exhibitry

Creating personal connections between people and animals

Providing Exceptional outreach programs

Appreciating and utilizing our unique country setting


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. 

Barn Hill Preserve first opened in 2012, with the goal of educating students about wildlife and conservation. From there, our goals evolved and in 2015 the gates of our zoological park opened for the first time for guests! We have stuck to our original model in the years since of educational encounter tours. Each year we add new exhibits and animals. 

Gabe with T'Challa Giraffe.jpg


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. 


Kids Saving The Rainforest

Kids Saving The Rainforest

Barn Hill Preserve is proud to support the non-profit organization Kids Saving The Rainforest (KSTR). KSTR is dedicated to protecting and preserving the rainforest in Costa Rica through a variety of efforts, including rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing animals in need.


They also offer sanctuary to animals in their care. In addition to their animal rescue and rehabilitation efforts, KSTR offers a study abroad program for aspiring animal care workers, as well as volunteer opportunities and tours.


These programs not only provide valuable education and experience for participants but also help to fund KSTR's important work in the rainforest!

Overall, Kids Saving The Rainforest is making a positive impact on conservation efforts in the Costa Rican rainforest through a variety of efforts aimed at protecting and preserving this vital ecosystem.

Want to get involved? Click the link below!

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