The Detroit Zoo is home to animals from A to Z, including aardvarks and zebras and hundreds of other species in between. More than 2,500 animals representing over 270 species of amphibians, mammals, birds and reptiles live in the Zoo’s 125-acres of true-to-life habitats that bring visitors face-to-face with these exotic creatures.
The Detroit Zoo’s 125-acres features award-winning attractions such as the National Amphibian Conservation Center, Great Apes of Harambee and Arctic Ring of Life. Expansive, naturalistic habitats are home to 2,500 animals of 270 species, including mammals, amphibians, birds, reptiles and invertebrates.
The Detroit Zoological Society’s mission of Celebrating and Saving Wildlife extends far beyond our front gates. We participate in dozens of cooperative national and local programs to ensure the long-term survival of animal populations, including the Great Lakes piping plover, eastern massasauga rattlesnake, Wyoming toads, Puerto Rican crested toads, snow leopards, polar bears and zebras.
As the home of the Center for Zoo Animal Welfare, the Detroit Zoological Society is a leader in the care and treatment of animals in captivity, developing best practices to meet their physical and social needs. CZAW is a resource center for captive animal welfare knowledge; a convener and forum for exotic animal welfare science, practice and policy discussions; and a center conducting research and training, and recognizing advances in exotic animal welfare.