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 10 Mile Road entrance to the Detroit Zoo (also known as Gate 1) will be closed until further notice beginning September 8, 2014, due to MDOT construction on the service drive wall. The Woodward Avenue entrance (also known as Gate 0) will be the only gate accessible for visitors, including those attending evening events.
The elevator to the visitor parking garage will be out of service for the month of September due to mechanical work.
Fennec foxes are on exhibit in the meerkat building. The meerkats are off exhibit.
The former Rissman Playscape turf is under renovation; the play area is temporarily closed.
Aardvarks are off exhibit due to building construction.
Get 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).
The following paid rides and attractions are open:
• Wild Adventure Zone
• 4-D Theater – now showing "Rio: The 4-D Experience" and "Grizzly Bears: 4-D Experience"
• Simulator Ride – now showing “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”
• Carousel (weather permitting)
• Tauber Family Railroad
• Giraffe Encounter (Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
The following free exhibit is open daily:
• Science On a Sphere
Concessions and Retail
The following food service and retail locations are open daily:
• Arctic Café
• Zoofari Market
The following food service locations are open daily, weather permitting:
• American Coney Island
• Carousel Ice Cream
• Sweet Treats
• Boardwalk Fries
The following food service and retail locations are open Wednesday through Sunday, weather permitting:
• Detroit Popcorn
• Arctic Outpost
The following food service and retail locations are open Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting:
• Safari Grill
• Dippin' Dots
• Trading Post Gifts
The following food service location is closed until further notice:
• Carousel Grille
Animal Enrichment Schedule
Monday, September 15, 2014
11 a.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for camels
1 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for Asian wild horses
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
11 a.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for waxy tree frogs at the National Amphibian Conservation Center
1 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for sunfish at the National Amphibian Conservation Center
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
11 a.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for black iguanas at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
1 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for yellow-spotted side neck turtles and giant South American turtles at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
11 a.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk at the Polar Passage in the Arctic Ring of Life
1 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk at the south bear den
Friday, September 19, 2014
11 a.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for wolverines
1 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for fennec foxes in the meerkat building
Saturday, September 20, 2014
11 a.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for emu at the Australian Outback Adventure
1 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for pelicans
Sunday, September 21, 2014
11 a.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for chimpanzees at the Great Apes of Harambee
11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. - Enrichment, keeper talks and biofacts for rhinos as part of our World Rhino Day celebration
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talks for red pandas as part of our celebration of International Red Panda Day
1 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for snow monkeys
Join us for Smashing Pumpkins on Wednesday, October 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and watch as our animals receive pumpkins filled with tasty treats to eat, play with, roll around in, tear apart and smash.
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