When we chose to come, I was thinking "nature center" rather than zoo. I haven't been to a zoo in many years, and this is really a zoo. However, this one is very well laid out and well run. The animals look healthy, and the large enclosures are carefully designed, keeping in mind they are still enclosures and some of the animals (cougar, bear, wolf) clearly show the repetitive behavior seen in any zoo. We enjoyed petting the de-musked skunk and meeting the tiny (half-blind) screech owl. Watching the otters play was delightful. There was a pleasant, educational feel to the environment.