Facts about the Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo

  • Situated on 125 acres with many naturalistic habitats
  • Major exhibits include the Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback Adventure, Great Apes of Harambee, National Amphibian Conservation Center, Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Penguinarium and Butterfly Garden
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  • Largest paid family attraction in Michigan with more than one million visitors annually
  • 56,000 member households
  • Home to more than 2,600 animals of 265 species
  • 220 employees including full and part-time
  • More than 1,100 volunteers, docents and gardeners who donate more than 100,000 hours of service each year
  • Mission of “Celebrating and Saving Wildlife”
  • Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums


Belle Isle Nature Zoo

  • Situated on approximately 6 acres of Michigan’s forested wetland
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  • Focuses on Michigan wildlife, flora and fauna
  • Offers family nature programs and education programs for schools and community groups

Admission to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all vehicles to enter Belle Isle.