Lazy 5 Ranch

Seems like I’ve been lazy as the name of the post, but I’m actually on vacation this week and have a chance to visit Lazy 5 Ranch again.

It’s a privately owned  exotic animal drive thru park that offers a 3.5 mile safari through the gently sloping pasturelands of Piedmont, North Carolina. There are over 750 animals from six different continents. We can see these animals from the safety of our own car or ride on their horse drawn wagons, luckily we didn’t make a reservation and they were able to arrange some spaces for us on a wagon ride, this is my best view thus far.

One of my favorite animals are the Asian water buffaloes, I didn’t get to see one this close when I visited Laos last year, so this is a real treat for me.

Some animals you can feed them off from the bucket, but as for the bucket stealer like the water buffalo, you’ve to feed them from your hand, and it could be very slimy at times.

A peacock is sitting on her eggs, I’m not sure if the strawberry patch is made especially for her.

A huge Tortoise.

A heart shape pond.

I believed the name of the place came from the 5 sons that they have, but lazy or not, I’m not certain.  I think the lazy might be referring to touring the place on a lazy day, like us on this day.  This place opens 365 days per year, so there is no holiday.  They feed the animals twice a day and what we feed them is only a midday snack, it’s definitely a nice treat, for us and the animals.

A Vietnamese Potbelly pig


  1. Nice to see so many different animals at the same place, apparently even tame. It is impressing that the family can manage to feet them two times a day, ” Lazy ” would be my last suggestion of a name for them. My favorite animal is definately the Vietnamese potbelly pig.

    • Hi giiid, might be the reason why they opened to the public to begin with, the family consisted of 5 lazy people at the time the place was opened.

      The animals near the entrance are well fed, but the ones toward the end get very little snack, by the time we got to them it was gone, kind of sad to see them stretching their neck for food and we had none to give. The horseman told me that the family own another safari zoo just like this one at another state, I didn’t catch the name or the state.

    • lady0fdarkness, nice place to take kids to, it’s great to be spending time outdoor, but the air is not so fresh, lots of droppings. 🙂

  2. Ginger, looks like you guys had a blast! I would love to had join! geeze thanks for the invite! LOL THere is also a safari here in Ga too, my friend said it was a nice place to visit, but then I had never been to it and would love to!

    • mozemoua, I didn’t know you want to join, maybe next time. 😉

      I think you’d like it, a nice place to take pictures, I could spend all day there.

  3. Awwwwwww; feeding animals and touching them.. seems like you did have fun p’Nye.

    I really like the heart shaped pond. I don’t know think there is anything like that here, but I wish there was one..

    • julie, it was lots of fun, a great place to spend the day with kids. I also like the hart shape pond, I wish I’ve a bigger backyard for a bigger pond.

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