March 30 - April 5, 2015

Click here for our Winter Map

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 – closed for the season
4-D Theater – closed for the season
Simulator Ride – closed for the season
Tauber Family Railroad – closed for the season

Concessions and Retail

The following areas are open daily:
Arctic Café/Starbucks – Open at 10 a.m.
Zoofari Market – Open at 10 a.m.

The following areas are closed for the season:
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

The following areas are closed for the season:
Rackham Fountain Entrance
Membership sales booth

Zookeeper Talks

Monday, March 30
1 p.m. - Pigs at the Barn

Tuesday, March 31
1 p.m. - Japanese giant salamanders at the National Amphibian Conservation Center

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

Thursday, April 2
1 p.m. – Bears at the north bear den

Friday, April 3
1 p.m. - Otters

Saturday, April 4
1 p.m. - Birds at the Free-Flight Aviary

Sunday, April 4
1 p.m. - Gorillas


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