Zoo Experiences


Create lifelong memories with a special experience at the Detroit Zoo!

Experiencing animals in their habitats puts you and your family at the heart of Celebrating and Saving Wildlife.  Your interactive experience purchase includes a charitable contribution; please see below for the fair market value for each. A tax receipt will be provided within two weeks of purchasing your animal encounter. Contact us to schedule your special experience today!

For more information and reservations, please call (248) 336-5836 or email us.

Reservations must be made two weeks in advance and are non-refundable.


  • Resident Reptiles

    Detroit Zoo Experiences - Resident Reptiles

    Revel in a private, educational, zookeeper-led tour of the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, home to 180 reptiles representing 70 species. You and your guests will learn about the Detroit Zoo's turtles, snakes and lizards - and witness a python, water monitor or crocodile enjoy a hearty meal. (Not for the faint of heart!)

    • There will be no direct animal contact
    • Groups limited to five participants
    • Children must be 8 or older and accompanied by an adult
    • Cost is $500.00 per group
    • Fair market value: $70

  • Breakfast with a Favorite Animal

    Detroit Zoo Experiences - Breakfast with a Favorite Animal

    You've heard of dancing with wolves – now you can dine with them. Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast at the Zoo with the animal habitat of your choosing serving as a unique backdrop. Your longtime favorites – Breakfast with the Giraffes and Breakfast with the Butterflies – are still options for this experience. Throughout the 90-minute encounter, you'll learn details of the animals' daily lives from the people who take care of them.

    • There will be no direct animal contact
      • (except for Breakfast with the Giraffes or Butterflies)
    • Groups limited to five participants
    • Children must be 5 or older and accompanied by an adult
    • Cost is $500.00 per group
    • Fair market value: $120

  • Mingle with the Macaronis (Gentoos, Rockhoppers and Kings, too!)

    Detroit Zoo Experiences - Mingle with the Macaronis

    Available beginning June 2016

    Do you want to know how penguins stay warm, eat and play while living in their icy cold habitat? Get up close and personal with them at the Zoo! Under the guidance and supervision of a zookeeper, you will interact with these charming birds in their habitat. Your visit will last approximately two hours and includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. Once inside, you’ll meet some of our 80-plus penguins. Many photo opportunities will be available as you hand-feed our gentoo, rockhopper and macaroni penguins.

    • Mingles are conducted from 1 to 3 p.m. (available beginnning June 2016)
    • No Mingles will be scheduled during breeding (March 15 – May 31) or molting season (August 15 – September 30)
    • Offered year-round unless penguins are molting or breeding
    • Groups limited to six participants
    • Children must be 7 or older and accompanied by an adult
    • Cost is $1,000.00 per group
    • Fair market value: $150

  • Photo Safari

    Detroit Zoo Experiences - Photo Safari

    How many times have you just missed the perfect shot when trying to photograph one of the Detroit Zoo’s animal residents? Amateur shutterbugs are treated to a 90-minute guided tour of the Zoo with an experienced photographer while learning tips and tricks for capturing perfect photos of the animals. Reservations must be made two weeks in advance. Photo Safari dates are subject to availability.

    • Photo Safari is conducted from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
    • Offered year-round (weather permitting)
    • Groups limited to three participants (one more participant for an additional $100)
    • Children must be 10 or older and accompanied by an adult
    • Cost is $300.00 per group
    • Fair market value: $40