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Sunset at the Zoo features the popular Sunset Keys, Silent and Live Auctions. Guests have the opportunity to bid on exquisite merchandise and spectacular “zoonique” experiences.

52 Card Raffle

Only $100 per card and ONLY 52 cards to be sold!
His and Her Romantic Weekend

Indulge in a day of pampering with your significant other! Begin with a couples massage and champagne at Margot European Day Spa in downtown Birmingham. Hit the town in style in brand new sunglasses from SEEN Vision—a pair of Badgley Mischka Lena in gold for her and Roberto Cavalli Icaro in black for him. Enjoy dinner at Birmingham hot spot Big Rock Chophouse with a $150 gift card. Wind down your romantic day with a night’s stay at the Troy Marriott, which includes a complimentary breakfast the following morning.
Courtesy of Margot European Day Spa, SEEN Vision, Big Rock Chophouse and Marriott Hotels & Resorts-Troy, MI

Live Auction

Be the first to own a Detroit Zoo bike! Red in color and badged by Detroit Nameplate Etching Company, this limited-edition custom bike is made locally by Detroit Bikes. Your Detroit adventures await: The package includes a unique 10-person bike tour of Detroit with Slow Roll leaders, Detroit Bike City. Next, enjoy an exclusive twilight bike safari and dinner at the Detroit Zoo for 10 hosted by Zoo Director Ron Kagan along with Detroit Bike City. You also get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour for four of the Detroit Bikes facility to see firsthand where your bike was made. The package also includes gift certificates to Detroit Cargos leather goods and the Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop so you can further customize and accessorize this one-of-a-kind bike to your liking. (To take place on a mutually agreed date between August 2014 and August 2015.)

Courtesy of Detroit Bike City, Detroit Nameplate Etching Company and the Detroit Zoological Society

Seven days of golfing bliss in Ireland! You and three guests will enjoy 18 holes of golf at some of the best courses in the world: Championship Course at Adare Manor, Doonbeg Golf Club, Lahinch Golf Club, Ballybunion Golf Club, Tralee Golf Club, Portmarnock Golf Club and Druids Glen Golf Club. Trip includes business class from Detroit to Shannon and from Dublin to Detroit for four persons, plus hotel accommodations for four nights at the 5-star Adare Manor Golf Resort in Adare County, Limerick, and two nights at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. Package includes executive transfers to and from the airports in Ireland, to and from each golf course, and transfer from Limerick to Dublin. (Hotel accommodations are on a room-only basis.)

Courtesy of the Enright Family

You and a guest will attend a Detroit Red Wings game at Joe Louis Arena, then travel with the team aboard Red Bird III to an away game the following day! Stay at the team hotel and enjoy the away game from team seats! Package includes travel for two, one night hotel room, and two tickets to each game. (Based on team schedule.Availability on a mutually agreeable date during the 2014-2015 regular season, excluding home opener and playoffs).

Courtesy of theIlitch Family and the Detroit Red Wings

Be among the first to celebrate the new wolf habitat! You and nine guests will enjoy an intimate evening wining and dining with some of the newest residents of the Detroit Zoo. Enjoy an in-depth talk with the staff who care for the wolves while dining in the newly remodeled Log Cabin. Award-winning Executive Chef Ryan Senk of Dining in the Wild! will help you select just the right fare and complementary wines for this wonderful adventure. Previously with the Townsend Hotel where he received awards from Wine Spectator and Conde Nast Traveler magazines, as well as the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Chef Ryan is truly a master of his craft who continually receives rave reviews from our guests. (Date to be mutually agreed upon.Must be redeemed by August 1, 2015.)

Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society and Dining in the Wild!



You and one guest will fly up north for the day on the Detroit Pistons team plane Roundball One for a round of golf at Treetops Resort and Spa. Treetops is truly the Midwest’s “must play” resort and arguably the best collection of golf anywhere in the country. Winner will have the choice of playing the Premier Course on August 19 or the Signature Course on August 20. In addition to a spectacular day of golf, you will receive Detroit Pistons gear and autographed items.

Courtesy of the Detroit Pistons and Gretchen and Ethan Davidson



Forward down the field! Cheer on the Detroit Lions in style at a 2014 home game from a premium suite! You and 11 guests will watch the Lions from a premium suite on Sunday, October 5 as they take on the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. This incredible experience also includes two VIP parking passes and a $500 food/beverage credit.

Courtesy of Suzanne and Tom Lewand and the Detroit Lions

Treat yourself and your friends or colleagues to a fabulous night out! Winner can choose either an event at Detroit’s crown jewel, the Fox Theatre, or Joe Louis Arena. The winning bidder will enjoy the use of a private luxury suite for an event of their choice for up to 15 guests. Also included in the memorable evening are a delectable dinner and drinks at the fashionable and unique Vinsetta Garage and limo transportation to/from the host’s home. (Date to be mutually agreed upon for a 2014-2015 season show; based on availability.)

Courtesy of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. and Vinsetta Garage

Every birthday should be this memorable! The guest of honor and up to 19 friends (children or adults) will enjoy an adventurous party full of entertaining surprises that will last all night long. After indulging in dinner, dessert and a few games at the Detroit Zoo location of your choice, the group will embark on two tours (one at dusk and one nocturnal experience) to discover Animals After Dark. The overnight is filled with crafts, s’mores by the campfire and an educational presentation. The night will be spent in the Ford Education Center followed by an early morning walk through the Zoo to see animals as they wake up in their habitats. Breakfast will be served outside at one of the habitats. (Date to be mutually agreed upon with a minimum of eight weeks advance notice. Must be redeemed between January 1 and December 31, 2015. Adult-to-child ratio must be 1:2.)

Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society

Choose from an elegant dinner for 12 with the giraffes, lions or polar bears – an extraordinary experience you and your guests will never forget! You’ll either dine in the Arctic Ring of Life with the polar bears swimming above, on the pathway next to the giraffes or up close and personal near the extraordinary lion habitat. Award-winning Executive Chef Ryan Senk of Dining in the Wild! (previously with the Townsend Hotel where he received awards from Wine Spectator and Conde Nast Traveler magazines, as well as the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester) will prepare a dinner that promises to delight. (Date to be mutually agreed upon.Must be redeemed by June 1, 2015.)

Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society

Treat yourself and your friends or colleagues to an unforgettable three-hour private charter voyage on Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River aboard the Infinity Yacht. The celebration includes a magnificent dinner and drinks for 35. (To take place on a mutually agreed date on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday evening between now and October 20, 2014. Includes dinner and two premium bar drink tickets per person. More guests and an open bar can be added for an additional per-person fee.)

Courtesy of Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters and the Detroit Zoological Society

Watch the boys of summer in style from the president’s luxury suite. This luxury Tigers package includes 18 tickets and three parking passes for a mutually determined 2014 regular-season home game. This incredible experience also includes a $500 food and beverage credit.

Courtesy of the Detroit Tigers Foundation and the Detroit Zoological Society

Cultivate your creativity and refresh your home! Beautifully designed by IKEA Canton for Sunset at the Zoo, the Benefactor tent located near the Events Pavilion is complete with an array of IKEA favorites including a sleek complete living room set and an outdoor patio set featuring a sectional lounge sofa. The winning bidder will get to take home all the IKEA furniture and accessories in the tent and adjacent patio. (Winning bidder must arrange for pick-up of items from the Detroit Zoo by June 15.)

Courtesy of IKEA


Silent Auctions

Preview items from the 2014 Sunset at the Zoo silent auction. Additional items will be added through June 13! Register now for the mobile bidding process, and start bidding! Bidders need not be present at Sunset at the Zoo in order to take part in the silent auction.

Silent Auction Listing

Sunset Keys

Try your luck with Sunset keys!  Buy one for $25 or five for $100, and see if it unlocks one of the many phenomenal prizes. View the prize list here

Supporting the Detroit Zoo's future wolf habitat.


Proceeds benefit the Detroit Zoological Society.


Donate to the Sunset at the Zoo Auctions
If you would like to make a tax-deductible monetary or in-kind donation to the Auctions or Sunset Keys, please download a Donation Form or contact Wil Chihan at (248) 336-5719 or