The most asked question about our zoo is how we started the zoo. Gene had a love of animals from the time he was a small boy. He grew up in Appleton and would bring home small animals from the "Pig Fair." After he had his first open heart surgery at age 51, his heart doctor told him to find something he really enjoyed to relieve the stress of running three late model auto salvage yards. We bought a farm in Hortonville and bought a variety of animals; Rabbits, Deer and Emus. As time went on we added monkeys, kangaroos, wallabies and much more. We had some school tours for a few groups and found out from our insurance company that we needed a different type of insurance and move the animals off of our home property in order to keep doing tours. We started to build the zoo at our Greenville property, we had owned for about 18 years already. It took us 4 years to build the animal shelters and fencing. We finally opened the zoo to the public in 2000. We have added many animals since then such as Tigers, Lions, Giraffe, Camel, Zebra, Grizzly Bear, Black Bear, Otters, Many other animals and attractions. It is definetly worth the visit!
Second most asked question is, Where do the animals go for the winter?
The animals are all moved to our homestead where any animal that needs heat is moved inside of a heated building. Animals that can handle the cold but not the weather goes into a barn , those that can handle the cold and the weather live outside in pens with shelters for them. The animals that are too large to move, Lions, tigers, bears and Giraffes, all stay at the zoo. All of our animals are fed, watered, and checked multiple times a day by our zookeepers.