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Lazy 5 Ranch

Posted on 10 May 2010 by Tara Robinson

Super fun place to visit right in Mooresville, NC. The Lazy 5 Ranch is a non-gov funded, drive-through zoo with over 750 different exotic and some endangered species of animals.

Its privately owned and operated by Henry Hampton who has been nationally recognized for his handling of exotic animals for some 35 years now.

The safari like zoo has a 3 and 1/2 mile dirt road that you drive your personal vehicle or if your worried about the many friendly animals that have no problem sticking their heads in for a bite of the provided snacks, the park also for an additional fee will pull you on a horse drawn carriage through the park. This was a fantastic almost adventurous trip for myself and my family. The animals were not startled at all and literally came right up and said hello! I will definitely go back! I actually was able to pet a ZEBRA! When does that ever happen. Not to make it a bad habit…there are signs stating not to do so and you are to remain in your car at all times!!! They just walked right up and I couldn’t help myself.

They do provide a snack shop with burgers, chips and drinks. There is also a playground for the young ones and many shaded picnic tables for a nice sitdown lunch.

I highly recommend this mini safari ride through the country side for all ages! It was something that my kids and myself will never forget!

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  1. Avatar of Melissa Fortune
    Melissa Fortune 18 May 2010 at 6:58 PM

    I loooooove Lazy 5!! I am so glad you posted this, Im reminded why I love it. I’m gonna dig my own pics!