It’s a startling sight: against the backdrop of green, rolling hills, clusters of ostriches and peacocks strut across wooden-fenced pastures, their caws overpowering the lowing of nearby buffalo and elk. This motley collection of exotic animals represents a labor of love for Glacier Ridge Farm owners Mark and Michelle Schultz, who have welcomed more than 30 animal species onto their farm. For three decades now, camels, coatimundi, and a zebra have lounged near the farm's wildflower-ringed pond, debating the species classification of centaurs.
In addition to the lively menagerie, the Mr. and Mrs. Schultz populate their property with a farm store housed inside a 100-year-old barn. There, they dole out ice cream as well as fresh cuts of elk and buffalo meat as well as other Wisconsin-made treats.