Tributes and Memorials

The Detroit Zoo is a cherished part of our lives, our children’s lives and our grandchildren’s lives. Visits to the Zoo are often some of our fondest memories. Now you have the opportunity to make those memories a part of our Zoo.

The Detroit Zoo Tribute Program offers a variety of options for the perfect gift to commemorate someone or something special in your life.

Detroit Zoo - Rackham Fountain

Honor and Memorial Gifts

Make a donation in honor or in remembrance of that special person or moment in your life or the life of a loved one.

To make a tribute or memorial gift or to get more information, please contact the Development Department at (248) 336-5836 or email us.


Detroit Zoo - Brick Pavers

Nature Paver

Participate in the Pathway Program: In Step with Nature and purchase a nature paver.  There are three sizes from which to choose.

$1,000 for 12×12” paver
$900 for Zoo and Renaissance Circle members
Inscription area has a max of 7 lines and 21 spaces per line

$500 for 8×8” paver
$450 for Zoo and Renaissance Circle members
Inscription area has a max of 5 lines and 15 spaces per line

$100 for 4×8” paver
$90 for Zoo and Renaissance Circle members
Inscription area has a max of 3 lines and 15 spaces per line.

Order confirmation will be mailed after purchase. Placement confirmation with locater map will  be mailed upon completion of paver installation.

For spring installation, paver must be purchased by March 15; for fall installation, paver must be purchased by August 15.

Placement is determined by Detroit Zoological Society staff and paver cannot be moved once placed. Installation dates are contingent upon weather.

Order Your Nature Paver



Detroit Zoo - Brass Butterfly

Brass Butterfly


Purchase an engraved brass butterfly that mirrors the beauty of life and friendship.  All tribute butterflies are on display inside the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery at the entrance to the Butterfly Garden. Butterflies are installed monthly.

Order A Brass Butterfly


Detroit Zoo - Memorial Trees



Your gift includes the planting, care and maintenance of a tree and recognition plaque.  The type of tree and its location will be mutually agreed upon between Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) staff and the donor.  Trees will be maintained by DZS staff and will be replaced when necessary.


Detroit Zoo - Memorial Benches


$2,500 for Zoo bench

The purchase of a Zoo bench includes a brass recognition plaque.  The style and location of the bench will be mutually agreed upon between Society staff and the donor.  Additional landscaping or structural work will be the responsibility of the donor.


Detroit Zoo - Memorial Theatre Seats

Theater Seat

$750 / $500

Theater seats are located in the 4-D Theater in the Ford Education Center.  Choose the location of your seat (based on availability).  A brass recognition plaque will be placed on your theater seat.