August 24 - 30, 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!

The meerkat building is closed for renovations.

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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 a.m.
4-D Theater – Opens at 10 a.m.
Simulator Ride – Open at 10 a.m.
Tauber Family Railroad – Open at 9 a.m.
Giraffe Encounter - Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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 are open daily, weather depending:
All Dippin' Dot locations
Pure Greens
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 Daily
Membership sales booth – Open Daily

Zookeeper Talks

Monday, August 24
11 a.m. - Guanacos
1 p.m. - Warthogs
Tuesday, August 25
11 a.m. - Tiger salamander larvae at the National Amphibian Conservation Center
1 p.m. - Lung fish at the National Amphibian Conservation Center
Wednesday, August 26
11 a.m. - Black iguana at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
1 p.m. - Yellow-spotted side neck turtles and giant South American turtles at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
Thursday, August 27
11 a.m. - Bears in the rear den
1 p.m. - Polar bears at the Tundra Overlook in the Arctic Ring of Life
Friday, August 28
11 a.m. - Tigers
1 p.m. - Anteaters
Saturday, August 29
11 a.m. - Chickens in the Barn
1 p.m. - Birds in the Free-Flight Aviary
Sunday, August 30
11 a.m. - Chimpanzees at the Great Apes of Harambee
1 p.m. - Lion-tailed macaques


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