I found this hidden gem a few years ago when I saw a brochure for it at the Cabela's several miles away. This is more a wildlife park than a zoo, since most of the animals are in very large yards which allow for the animals to be exhibited in herds so you will see much more natural behaviors than you would at a typical zoo exhibit. The park is in a very beautiful forested area, with a wide variety of deciduous trees, pines, evergreens, hills, meadows and streams. It would probably be a very cool and shady place to visit even on a hot summer day.
The majority of exhibits are North American animals, including elk, bison, wolves and several varieties of deer, both native and exotic, along with a few exotic hoofed animals. The place is about 100 acres, and you can rent a golf cart to get around, but I suggest you walk, slow down, and really take in the quiet and beauty of the natural settings. I have visited about four times, and each time I spent about three hours (so this place is also a very good value). Because the enclosures are large be patient and you are sure to see some interesting behaviors. For example, on my last visit the bison had just had a calf, and when I first got to their meadow the herd was way in the back, but within about five minutes they had moved much closer to the fence where I could view them much better.
The staff is very friendly and the owner gives school groups a narrated tour on a tractor-pulled tram, and you can tell this guy is a real showman who enjoys sharing his love of animals with the school kids.
My only criticism of the place is that the exhibits for smaller animals, such as the fox, mink, porcupine, etc., and VERY small (although clean) and do not seem to have much enrichment for them...a sharp contrast to the large and complex exhibits for the other animals. I would very much like to see bigger and more interesting cages for these animals.
Be sure to be on the lookout for Lovey, a whitetail deer who enjoys being petted and will stand by the fence of the whitetail deer yard when she sees people coming. I've petted her about 10-15 minutes (she seems to like having her ears scratched and her neck and chest rubbed), and that still wasn't enough for her. Found out I am terribly allergic to deer dander but I would rather have itchy eyes than pass up a chance to pet a deer.
In sum, this is a wonderful nature-oriented attraction for families, adults, or serious wildlife watchers.