GarLyn zoo was started in 1994. Built on old sand dunes at the northern most point of Lake Michigan. The zoo blends well with the natural surroundings, towering red and white pine, birch and maple forests of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We have tried to keep the natural look and feel of the north woods as much as possible doing most of the work on the zoo by hand. You can take a leisure walk on cedar mulched trails, through the mature pine and birch forests of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and enjoy viewing native and exotic animals from around the world, all in a natural, park-like setting.