May 13 - May 19, 2013
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!
Detroit Zoo Hours:
The Detroit Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day.
Hours for the Gate B Member's Entrance are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19.
Gate B will be open daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Saturday, May 25.
Sunset at the Zoo
The Detroit Zoological Society's annual Sunset at the Zoo fundraiser will feature a boardwalk-themed gala celebrating the Cotton Family Wetlands and soon-to-open Jane and Frank Warchol Beaver Habitat. The wildest event of the summer takes place Friday, June 14, 2013, 7-11:30 p.m. The 21-and-over party is held rain or shine, and the Zoo closes at 2 p.m. that day in preparation for the festivities.
Wetlands and Beaver Habitat
The Cotton Family Wetlands – a Michigan ecosystem teeming with native fish, frogs, turtles and birds – features a Boardwalk that allows you to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature in a diverse and beautiful habitat. The Boardwalk opened last summer and traverses through the wetlands on the west side of the National Amphibian Conservation Center. Construction on the Jane and Frank Warchol Beaver Habitat is under way across from the Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat (backing up to the pond), and will include exciting underwater views of beavers. The project is slated for completion in June. During construction, visitor traffic is being diverted onto the new Boardwalk. Enjoy!
The following paid rides and attractions are open:
• Wild Adventure Zone
o 4-D Theater
o Simulator Ride
• Carousel (weather permitting)
• Giraffe Encounter (open Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., through May)
• Tauber Family Railroad
The following free exhibit is open daily:
• Science On a Sphere
Concessions and Retail
The following food service and retail locations are currently open daily:
• Arctic Café
• Zoofari Market
Unless otherwise noted, the following food service and retail locations are open intermittently, weather permitting:
• American Coney Island
• Carousel Grille
• Carousel Ice Cream
• Sweet Treats
• Dippin' Dots
• Safari Café
• Boardwalk Fries (closed during beaver habitat construction)
• Detroit Popcorn
• Arctic Outpost
• Trading Post Gifts
Animal Enrichment Schedule
Monday, May 13, 2013
11:00 a.m. – Enrichment and keeper talk at zebras
1:00 p.m. – Enrichment and keeper talk at bison
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
11:00 a.m. – Enrichment and keeper talk for giant salamanders at the National Amphibian Conservation Center
1:00 p.m. – Enrichment and keeper talk at the National Amphibian Conservation Center
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
11:00 a.m. – Enrichment and keeper talk for yellow spotted side neck turtles and giant South American turtles at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
1:00 p.m. – Enrichment and keeper talk for black iguanas at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
Thursday, May 16, 2013
11:00 a.m. – Enrichment and keeper talk at tundra Overlook in the Arctic Ring of Life
1:00 p.m. – Enrichment and keeper talk at north bear den
Friday, May 17, 2013
11:00 a.m. – Enrichment and keeper talk at tigers
1:00 p.m. – Enrichment and keeper talk for bush dogs at small animals
Saturday, May 18, 2013
11:00 a.m. – Enrichment and keeper talk at South African animals
1:00 p.m. – Enrichment and keeper talk at penquins
Sunday, May 19, 2013
11:00 a.m. – Enrichment and keeper talk for gorillas at the Great Apes of Harambee
1:00 p.m. – Enrichment and keeper talk at lion-tailed macaques
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