Lazy 5 Ranch


I went to a DRIVE. THROUGH. ZOO.


I honestly have no words.

Only a whole lot of love for giraffes.

But none for emus. You guys, I don’t even have a picture of them because they freak me out SO much.

My love for giraffes began…well, I don’t really know. I don’t have a specific date. But what I do know is that my Grandma gave me a giraffe pillow (she chased down a little boy and grabbed it from his sweaty little hands since there was only one left and he wasn’t buying it) while we were at Disney World, I named him Tinker, and I’ve loved the animal ever since. There is a giraffe at the Nashville Zoo named Savannah and we’re BFFs.

Let’s start from the beginning: My sweet friend from home came to stay the night. We started off her visit with a trip to IHOP, where we paid 25 cents for three pancakes. YEP. 25 cents for THREE!

The next morning, we headed out to the Lazy 5 Ranch, a drive through zoo in Mooresville, NC. Its about 30 minutes away from Charlotte and the ranch closes at sunset, so my friend and I left right after lunch!

You pay about $10 per person (cash only!!) and $3 per feed bucket. You can drive through as many times as you want and we took FULL advantage of this — we went around the big loop twice! I was a little nervous about the ranch at first since I’m not really a huge fan of zoos in general. Of course if you’re keeping the animals in captivity to help them and get them back to where they belong, I’m all for it, but taking animals like giraffes out of their home to freakin’ North Carolina just seems so strange.

I was so surprised at how truly happy the animals were. I know I sound like such a huge dork when I say that, but its true! They were SO friendly and sweet. Even the giraffes were social and happy, and they’re a looong way from home!

(Get it? Long? They’re tall? HA! Ha)

The animals all look super healthy too — and chubby, of course, since their job is to come up to car windows and eat people’s food :] As you can see above the llamas were not afraid of cars. Or selfies. And my hand is holding the window up so 1. My friend can’t ROLL THE WINDOW DOWN AND PUT CHILD LOCK ON LIKE SHE DID ONE TIME and 2. So I don’t accidentally make the window go down because 1. I don’t want to get spit on and 2. I love llamas and all but not all up in my space. And my face. You know what I mean?

Since its the springtime, there were SO. MANY. BABIES!

I actually cried when I saw that gang of lil piglets. I shed real tears. We followed them around for 892 hours and I put a million videos on my snap story. The one on the right that has the biggest belly made eye contact with me and that was when I knew we were soulmates.

Whoever I marry better be okay with piglets because I’m about to have, like, 27 of them.

We weren’t allowed to touch or feed the zebras at all. I don’t really know why. People say they’re aggressive but they were sweet baby angels to me! For some reason I underestimated how HUGE zebras would be.

Overall, my experience at the Lazy 5 Ranch was one of my top 5 of my whole entire life. Not kidding. And #1 is when my little sister was born so you can imagine how freakin’ awesome the zoo was if its close to that.

Finals start next week so pray 4 me, okay? TELL ME: What did you do this weekend?

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  • Oh my gosh what an amazing weekend! I am so so glad you had the best time! I went on a similar “safari” experience near my family’s home in California. The giraffes were the sweetest! They are such beautiful and gentle animals!

  • Kristine Circenis

    I’m actually freaking out about this on an incredibly high level. This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever heard of. Honestly, this alone makes me want to head out East ASAP.

  • Kayleigh

    Oh my goodness dying that you fed a giraffe!

  • A drive through zoo sounds like an amazing day trip! I love piglets too, maybe a little too much.


  • Linda Plourde

    I LOVED this! You know I have a thing about animals especially giraffes….AND you needed that pillow. So I did politely asked the parents if they were going to purchase that pillow! OK so when they said no, I gave him a ladybug pillow and took the giraffe pillow because you had to have it. You were, are and will always be so special to me! Thanks for sharing this with us and we WILL be coming down to go there! Love you bunches…..

  • Ashley

    This looks AMAZING! I just found out about a drive thru zoo a few hours from where I live and this post just made me confirm that I’m going this summer!!! So excited!

    xo Ashley

  • Merisa Ferrell

    OMG, emus are the craziest things ever! When I was little, one escaped (from some guy’s house that was keeping it illegally) and ended up in my aunt’s back yard. My whole family was cooking out so my cousin and I went out to the back yard to set up the patio table and came face to face with it. He tried to chase it around the yard thinking it was an ostrich (which still would have been pretty weird). I ran inside to tell everyone. Of course no one believed me until they heard my cousin yelling. The thing was slinging him around the yard and some guy came running up the driveway yelling, “Let go of my emu!” I thought I stepped into the Twilight Zone. xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  • This looks like SO much fun! I would love to go to a drive through zoo! The giraffes are so cute.


  • Oh my goodness! What an amazing weekend (and I loved your pictures and commentary)!

  • Sara Kate Steadman

    Ahhh I’ve always wanted to do one of those, but I’ve just never found the time. Great post haha and what fun pictures.

    Sara Kate Styling

  • nicole simonetti

    Ugh, anything animal-related makes me melt. I had the opportunity to feed manatees in Florida and I burst into tears I was so happy. x Nicole |

  • Jessica Grace

    This sounds amazing! I love going to the zoo, and I went to a monkey forest last year which was one of the best things ever. Your photos are so cute!

  • legit gasped at every picture in pure excitement. I just LOVE animals, looks like so much fun and i NEED to do this!!!

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    Drive through zoo’s are SO MUCH FUN!!!! Such cute pics 🙂

    Edye //

  • Lauren Ashley

    OMG WHAT?!!? THIS EXISTS?!! I’m so jealous omg!


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  • I CANNOT believe that drive through zoos exist and that I’ve never been to one! Definitely adding a new must-do to my list!