Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville, NC. The ranch is a drive-through safari and wildlife refuge for endangered animals from six continents, with no fences or cages to separate you from the animals. With summer's end quickly approaching and our family feeling a bit cabin-fevered because of the heat, we decided to return to Lazy 5 Ranch. Lazy 5 Ranch is located about 1.5 hours south of the Triad towards Charlotte in the suburb of Mooresville. With temperatures pushing near 100 F today, our car fought its hardest as its heat soaked engine tried to keep us cool on the way down.
On May 22, 1993 after several years of hard work and planning, the Lazy 5 Ranch was officially open. Lazy 5 Ranch is now the home for over 750 animals from 6 continents. These animals can be viewed everyday of the year by horse drawn wagon or from your vehicle while traveling along a 3-1/2 mile safari ride.
The purpose of the Lazy 5 Ranch is to provide an excellent environment and helping the recovery of several endangered species including the Grevy Zebra Scimitar Horned Oryx and Ring-tailed Lemur.
The emus remind you of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park, as does the whole journey throughout the park. Let's be honest, even if you drive a completely new car to Lazy 5 Ranch, (which you shouldn't) at some point in your mind, while you're surrounded by a family of two-ton bison, you'll think: "God I hope I don't break down", as you remember the T-Rex scene in the movie.
It's all worth it as you transverse Lazy 5 Ranch's winding auto-safari that's over 3.5 miles long and filled with giraffes, ostrich, rhinos, pigs, deer, goats, zebras, and other diverse animals that literally eat out of the palm of your hands. Huge Bison that made our car look like a Matchbox vehicle emerged along with animals the size of small airliners. Birds the size of Big Bird stuck their heads in our car windows and were literally close enough to snag our first born child.
There is a snack center available as well as a gift shop, though I have a better recommendation for you. Save your money and turn right out of Lazy Five Ranch. About nine miles down the road there's a Jack In The Box. You can't get them anywhere near Greensboro, but there you can get a fried taco. That's just what we did! We sat under the cool fans eating stuffed jalapenos, deep fried tacos, and unlimited drinks from the soda fountain. Life was good.
While it was hot, it's a tolerable summer activity if you have a good air conditioned car, comfy leather seats, and don't care if the horny wildebeest humps your Ford Taurus trying to mate with it.
Henry Wu: You're implying that a group composed entirely of female animals will... breed?
Dr. Ian Malcolm: No, I'm simply saying that life, uh... finds a way.
If you'd like to see all our pictures from Lazy Five Ranch, watch the video: