Help us feed our baby reticulated giraffe or have a private picnic with him!

Introducing: Giraffe Picnics

For those of you who love animals and nature, this is the perfect experience for you! For an entire hour in length (or two tables with ten guests each), your group can spend time at our behind-the-scenes giraffe paddock. You'll get to enjoy some small picnic foods while interacting closely with these beautiful creatures that are sure make anyone smile.

We will provide a light lunch(salads, wraps, etc..) and can accommodate dietary preferences.

You can also use one of our professional photographers for an additional fee. Private tables can be arranged for a $500 fee and can include up to 10 guests.

Corporate dinner, girls night, family day, and any other excuse you need to have dinner with giraffes!


Meet our juvenile reticulated giraffe , T'challa! Guests have the opportunity to get up close and personal with T'challa while learning all about the reticulated giraffe. Take advantage of Barn Hill Preserve's unique experience, right in your backyard!

This interactive experience (approx. one hour) is a must for all animal lovers; feeding time will let you get to know our juvenile reticulated giraffe, T'Challa, and his human caretakers on a more intimate level. 


T'challa is a sure favorite with all ages, and is a must for any animal lover in your life!  

Please note that this is not a private encounter and there could be other families accompanying you during this experience. The encounter also includes browse sticks and pelleted feed, as T'challa loves his bottle so much that it is usually gone within a matter of minutes!

Pricing & Info

Bottle-Feeding Experience: $100 + taxes and fees.

This price includes one person's admission, an hour long bottle feeding & meet and greet session/Q&A with our guides. 

Giraffe Experience: $50 + taxes and fees. 

This price includes admission and an hour long meet & greet session/ Q&A with our guides, does not include bottle experience.


Hear From Satisfied

Was a great day at the preserve. Paid to hold the baby owl, swim with the otters, feed the giraffe, and walk around the preserve.

We had a blast though and the guides and all the workers were super friendly. Will definitely be going back since they have zip lines and they are expanding the preserve. The otters were hands down the most adorable little buggers and so loving!!

Vicky L. via Google

Need to Know Info

Tickets are non-refundable.
We have a strict 24 hour reschedule policy. If you feel that you may miss your reservation for whatever reason, please reach out to us as soon as you are able to reschedule your timeslot. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I touch T'Challa?

Yes! Giraffes are highly social creatures, and are just as curious about you as you are about him.

What's included in my giraffe encounter ticket?

Depending on if you purchased the bottle feeding experience, or the giraffe experience, your tour will consist of a 1 hour meet & greet, and an interactive learning experience with one of our knowledgeable guides. Your ticket does not include the encounter tour of the property.

Is there an area for observers?

Yes, 2 guests can purchase bottles for the feeding, but an additional 6 guests can attend to observe the feeding.

How often do baby giraffes need to be fed?

They have quite an appetite and need to be fed 4-6 times daily.

What about dietary restrictions?

We are able to accomodate most dietary restrictions, within reason. If you have a specific request, please call us ahead of booking your ticket to confirm availability.