Meet The Crew in Delaware

Gabe & Leslie Ligon


Gabe has been a life long animal enthusiast and has always dreamed of opening a preserve. After rehabilitating wildlife in a remote area of Costa Rica, he decided to make his dream into a reality. Leslie majored in animal science at Louisiana State University. While attending school, she worked at Wings of Hope, where she first met Gabe. Together they founded the Barn Hill Preserve. Gabe and Leslie are happily married and recently welcomed their first child, Avery Hart.

Josh Mueller


Josh is a graduate from Louisiana State University with a degree in Wildlife Ecology. He grew up in the small town of Bethany Beach on the eastern shores of Delaware. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 18 and was active until moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He worked under Dr. Mike Metzier as a Veterinarian Technician for four years where his love for animals took root. Josh’s love and understanding of wildlife continues to grow while working at the Barn Hill Animal Preserve.

Samantha Prestia

Mobile Crew Educator

Samantha has a BS in wildlife conservation and ecology from University of Delaware. Since graduating, she has worked various jobs in the field of wildlife conservation, including performing bat population surveys in West Virginia and completing internships at wildlife rehabilitation centers and state parks. She has loved animals since an early age and that love was inspired through watching many educational shows and videos about wildlife. Working at Barn Hill Preserve as a mobile educator has been an amazing opportunity for Samantha, not only because she was finally blessed to meet a sloth(!!) but also because she can now hopefully inspire a new generation of kids to love and respect wildlife and their habitats.