April 20 - 26, 2015

Occasionally, a habitat, attraction or building may be temporarily unavailable to our guests due to construction, maintenance, animal health needs, special events or unforeseen circumstances. This page allows you to learn about which habitats, attractions and concessions are closed and how long they will be out of service. It also keeps you up to date on some exciting projects in progress. We apologize if any of your favorites are unavailable during your planned visit and hope that you will still join us for your dose of Vitamin Z!

Giraffe Update

Giraffes Jabari, Kivuli and their calf, Mpenzi, may be seen inside the giraffe building today and outdoors weather permitting.

At this time of year, certain animals may be viewable to guests intermittently as weather dictates, e.g., anteaters, bush dogs, great apes, lemurs, lion-tailed macaques, tree kangaroos, aardvarks, and warthogs. These animals may not be visible on cold mornings but could possibly be seen outdoors later in the day as temperatures rise. This also includes grey-crowned cranes, storks, African spoonbills and the ostrich.

Davey the binturong is safely tucked away for the winter. Look for him in the springtime! The pelicans are also staying inside until it's warm.

Fennec foxes can be seen in the former meerkat building.

Avoid Road Work Near The Detroit ZooGet up-to-the-minute road construction and traffic updates near the Zoo!

Detroit Zoo Hours

The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day (with extended hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day).


Carousel – Open at 10:30 a.m. weekends only in April; open daily at 10 a.m. starting May 1
4-D Theater – Open at 10 a.m.
Simulator Ride – Open at 10 a.m.
Tauber Family Railroad – Open at 9 a.m. starting May 1

Concessions and Retail

The following areas are open daily:
Arctic Café/Starbucks – Open at 9 a.m.
Zoofari Market – Open at 9 a.m.

The following areas will be open daily starting May 1:
All Dippin' Dot locations (limited selection available inside Arctic Café)
Carousel Grille
Carousel Ice Cream
Detroit Popcorn
Sweet Treats
Trading Post Gifts
American Coney Island
Boardwalk Fries
Safari Grill
Arctic Outpost

Membership Services

Rackham Fountain Entrance – Open weekends only in April and May; open daily after Memorial Day
Membership sales booth – Open weekends only in April and May; open daily after Memorial Day

Zookeeper Talks

Monday, April 20
1 p.m. - Donkeys

Tuesday, April 21
1 p.m. - Mantella at the National Amphibian Conservation Center

Wednesday, April 22
1 p.m. - Yellow-spotted side neck turtles and giant South American turtles at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center

Thursday, April 23
1 p.m. - South bear den

Friday, April 24
1 p.m. - Wolverines

Saturday, April 25
1 p.m. - Barn owl

Sunday, April 26
1 p.m. - Lion-tailed macaques



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