Amidst more than 2,000 animals, two stand out: Tian Tian and Mei Xiang, the famed giant pandas. But there’s plenty more to see at this free zoo, including orangutans that traverse a series of towers and cables 35 feet above spectators’ heads.
The Lockhart family wants people to see where their food comes from firsthand. Run by two generations, the Lockhart Family Farm & Learning Centre hosts farm visits, day camps, and adult workshops that reveal the inner workings of the farm, as well as specific techniques in areas such as beekeeping and soap making, a process once only known to chickens. Aside from their educational programs, the Lockharts also raise heritage swine and poultry, including chickens, pullets, and turkeys that roam free in a natural, wooded habitat.
Master falconer and bird-of-prey expert Mike Dupuy shares his love of the 4,000-year-old sport of falconry during exciting and informative demonstrations with his avian costars. A professional public speaker, Mike entertains his audiences with personal anecdotes and motivational speeches that use falconry as a metaphor to encourage them to follow their dreams. Guests also get to learn about each feathered raptor while it surveys the crowd for wild Energizer bunnies, and Mike encourages audience interaction by inviting volunteers from the audience to hold the hawk and try in vain to teach it to bark like a dog.
Multitudes of furry creatures, both foreign and farm dwelling, reside within the sprawling 21 acres of Leesburg Animal Park's exhilarating grounds. Inquisitive imps and animal-loving adults will be enchanted and educated with exotic animal exhibits featuring lemurs, African serval cats, white-handed gibbons, giant tortoises, and more. For an even closer look, the animal petting and feeding area allows visitors to softly pet heads, scratch ears, and satisfy stomachs of each curious creature they encounter ($1 for a cone of food).
David and Cindy Thorne started Zekiah Farms for their two sons. They wanted to instill a love of the land, strong work ethics, and lifestyles rooted in healthy food. As the farm grew, they were able to open up a farm store for the community?where they sell natural meats, seasonal veggies, and other goods. Zekiah Farms also hosts fall activities such as hayrides.