Snapped throughout 2011 by local photographer Mark M. Gaskill, the four images depict the cascading fountain in front of flowering trees in the spring, a wall of green leaves in the summer and the brilliant fall colors. In the winter photograph, the fountain is turned off and a gentle snow falls around it.
Rackham Fountain features two 10-foot-tall bronze bears in a 75,000-gallon pool with life-sized sea lions, turtles and frogs. The iconic fountain is one of the Detroit Zoo’s most-photographed attractions and a favorite meeting place for visitors.
Dedicated in 1939, the fountain was a gift from Mary Rackham honoring her late husband, Horace H. Rackham, the first president of the Detroit Zoological Commission. The fountain was designed by Frederick Schnaple and sculpted by Corrado Parducci using 20 tons of bronze.
Zoofari Market is located near the main entrance of the Detroit Zoo and is open during regular Zoo hours. Zoo admission is required to gain access to Zoofari Market. For more information, call (248) 541-5717, ext. 3274.