The zoo is just outside of Lakewood, Wisconsin along the main stretch of highway leading north. From the exterior, the zoo appears to be well maintained and stocked with a variety of animals. The actual visit of the zoo left me depressed and sad for the animals kept on the grounds.
We frequently stay in the area at my wife's family cabin. Last summer we visited the Lakewood Zoo, which doubles as a firework stand (clue for what is priority here). I have visited zoos in Brisbane, Honolulu, D.C., to smaller venues in Madison, and Norfolk. Those cities can properly support a zoo and the variety of animals on display, not Lakewood Wisconsin.
Case example, a bengal cub we visited during out last visit. Initial reaction was "how cool is that, a tiger cub in northern Wisconsin!!!" The reality settled in, a tiger cub in a steel enclosure that was smaller than most dog runs. The enclosure was no more than five feet wide, five feet deep and four feet tall. The cub and visitors literally could swat at one another, and that takes place with no "zoo" supervision at all. The rest of the mature tigers, and larger game don't look much happier.
I would not recommend this attraction to visitors, it would only encourage the owners. The animals looked healthy, but the set up and location (in northern Wisconsin) is abysmal. The main set up inside the zoo store is for fireworks, a clue that the animals are not the main stay here.
I am for animal awareness, education and conservation but this is a poor example of a zoo. During our Saturday visit in July 2011, the zoo had approximately 20 visitors on site. I don't recall many smiles or laughs from the children and many adults such as myself weren't impressed.