Renaissance Circle



The Detroit Zoological Society’s (DZS) Renaissance Circle is made up of caring individuals and families who enjoy all the benefits of a regular Detroit Zoo membership while providing generous philanthropic support for the organization.

The financial commitment provided by Renaissance Circle Members creates a foundation for DZS to further its mission of Celebrating and Saving Wildlife.

From special celebrations and private tours to exclusive experiences, there is a lot to do and enjoy with your annual membership. Share new adventures and create memories with your family and friends. Become a Member of the Renaissance Circle at the Detroit Zoo for as little as $125 a month.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please call (248) 336-5729 or email us.

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There are five levels of Renaissance Circle, each providing exclusive benefits:

Donor Circle – $1,500-$2,499

  • Unlimited admission for two adult Members and up to four unnamed guests – or two adult Members, up to six named children (18 and under) and up to two unnamed guests – per visit to the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo
  • Discounted admission at more than 100 reciprocal zoos across the U.S.
  • Recognition at the Renaissance Circle Grotto across from Rackham Fountain
  • Complimentary invitation for one Member adult and up to four guests to attend the following:
    • Renaissance Circle Picnic
    • Holiday Reception, celebrating Wild Lights
    • Private “insider” golf cart tour
    • MemberFest
  • Advance purchase of “good any day” tickets for Zoo Boo and Wild Lights that allow you to come any date and time you choose
  • Advance registration for Summer Safari and advance ticket sales for Summer Zoomance, Wild Beasts Wild Wine and Zoo Brew
  • 10% discount at the Zoofari Market and Arctic Outpost gift shops
  • Exclusive members-only entrances at Main Admissions and seasonal members-only Rackham Fountain Entrance from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • A one-year subscription to Habitat, the Detroit Zoological Society’s quarterly magazine, and Zmail, the monthly online newsletter
  • Invitation for two adult Members to attend the Members’ Annual Meeting


Ambassador Circle – $2,500-$4,999

Includes all Donor Circle benefits plus…

  • Complimentary invitation for one adult Member and up to four guests to attend a special “insider” Zoo Experience, such as a habitat preview, zookeeper-led walking tour, exhibit opening or ground-breaking

Curator Circle – $5,000-$9,999

Includes all Ambassador Circle benefits plus…

  • Complimentary invitation for one adult Member and up to four guests to meet and tour with a Zoo curator while getting to know your favorite animal up close and in person

Director Circle – $10,000-$14,999

Includes all Curator Circle benefits plus…

  • Complimentary invitation for one adult Member and up to four guests to have a private tour and breakfast or lunch at the Zoo with the Executive Director/CEO of the Detroit Zoological Society

Rackham Circle -$15,000 and above

Includes all Director Circle benefits plus…

  • Invitation for you and a guest to spend a very special day with a member of the Life Sciences staff while you both care for the Zoo’s animals (restrictions apply)


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