Become a Member Today and Enjoy These Membership Benefits
- Free Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo admission and parking during daytime public hours, Wild Summer Nights concerts and MemberFest (Admission to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all vehicles to enter Belle Isle State Park).
- Discounts on Zoo merchandise and classes
- Advance ticket sales to Summer Safari; Summer Zoomance; Wild Beasts, Wild Wine; Zoo Brew and Zoo Boo
- Invitation to MemberFest
- Free subscriptions to Habitat, the quarterly Member magazine, and Zmail, the monthly email newsletter
- Discounted admission to zoos and aquariums nationwide (In anticipation of an expected increase in Detroit Zoo attendance due to the opening of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center in early 2016, we will no longer offer a reciprocal benefit with Toledo Zoo members effective January 1, 2016.)
Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents receive $10 off any membership (except Named Nanny/Caregiver) with zip code verification
All membership benefits and prices are subject to change. Members are required to present a valid photo ID at each Zoo visit. Children must be accompanied by adults. Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.
There are many ways you can help the Zoo. The answer is limited only by your imagination and creativity.
Please join us in making lasting impressions and memorable experiences for our visitors from generation to generation, as we protect and conserve some of the most remarkable creatures on earth. Support your Detroit Zoo, it does make a real difference!
Q: How long is my membership active?
A: One year from the date of purchase. However, if you renew before your membership expires, your new year of membership begins on your original anniversary date, not the date you renew.
Q: Who can I contact with questions about my membership?
A: Call Detroit Zoo Membership Services at (248) 541-5717 and press 3.
Q: How long after I purchase a Zoo membership will it take before I receive my membership card?
A: The card will take two-to-three weeks to arrive. If you purchase your membership onsite at the Detroit Zoo you will receive your card upon completion of the transaction.
Q: If I join online, can I use my benefits when I visit the Zoo today?
A: Yes, just print the receipt and bring your confirmation to the Membership entrance gates (9 and 10) at the the main Zoo entrance along with a picture ID.
Q: If I visit the Zoo and join on site, will I get reimbursed for parking?
A: If you are charged (on the same day) parking prior to entering the Zoo or purchasing your membership, save your receipt and before the end of the day turn it in for reimbursement towards a membership.
Q: Is my membership tax deductible?
A: Yes, memberships are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Consult your tax adviser for details.
Q: Do Members of the Detroit Zoological Society receive free or discounted admission to other zoos and aquariums in the U.S.?
A: Yes, you will receive 50% off admission at zoos listed on our reciprocal list. Please see the Reciprocal List of Zoos.
In anticipation of an expected increase in Detroit Zoo attendance due to the opening of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center in early 2016, we will no longer offer a reciprocal benefit with Toledo Zoo members effective January 1, 2016.
Q: I have a membership to another zoo or aquarium in the U.S. do I receive free or discounted admission to The Detroit Zoological Society?
A: Yes, if your membership is with a zoo or aquarium on our reciprocal list you will receive 50% off admission to the Detroit Zoo. Parking is $6 per vehicle.
Q: Can I purchase a membership online?
A: Yes, click here to join or renew.
Q: How do I update/change my membership information?
A: Call Membership Services at (248) 541-5717 and press 3 or email email@example.com
Q: I have misplaced my membership card. How do I get a new one?
A: You can request a new card via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop in Membership Services before your next visit to the Detroit Zoo, or by simply calling the Membership Services office at (248) 541-5717 and press 3 and we will mail a new card to you.
Q: Can someone else use my membership card?
A: Memberships are non-transferable and identification is required at the gate.
Q: I have not received my membership materials in the mail yet; can I still visit the Zoo?
A: Yes, please stop by the Membership Services office with a photo and we will issue a temporary day pass.
Q: What if I lose my membership card or leave it at home?
A: Just simply show a photo ID to our membership gate attendant and contact membership services at 248-541-5717 and press 3 for a replacement card.
Q: Can members exit thru the membership booth?
A: Member’s have their own entrance to the Zoo, but everyone must exit thru the exit gate. The Rackham Fountain Entrance – located at the end of the 10 Mile Road parking lot – is another option for Members only. It offers easy access and exit.
Q: Do members have designated parking?
A: No, but members get free daytime during public hours, Wild Summer Nights concerts and MemberFest. Event parking is additional.
Q: Do members get discounts on concessions?
A: No, but members do get a discount at Zoofari Market and Arctic Outpost.
Q: I was unable to find the answer(s) I needed. Where can I find further information?Purchase A Membership
A: You can email us at email@example.com, call Membership Services at (248) 541-5717 and press 3 or stop by the Membership Services office during your next visit to the Detroit Zoo.
It’s more than a Zoo Membership! Show your membership card and save on everyday needs! Visit these local area partners for great offers and promotions!
Visit any of the 10 Detroit area Buddy’s Pizza locations and save $4 on a 8 square pizza by presenting the attached coupon and showing your membership card. Click here for the coupon.
Door to Door Organics
Visit Door to Door Organics and receive $10 off your order
Michigan Green Cabs
Mention your Detroit Zoo Annual Membership while placing your reservation and show your member ID card to your driver to receive 15% off of your transportation service with Michigan Green Cabs. Or receive $5 off of your next trip to Detroit Metro Airport. ($12 Minimum Fare applies, Not to be combined with other offers or discounts)
Michigan Renaissance Festival
Members may show their Detroit Zoo Membership cards for $3 off gate prices.If ordering online follow these steps:
- Visit michrenfest.tunestub.com/corporatediscount
- Enter the password MRF2015
- When prompted at check out enter password DZOO15 for the $3 off gate prices discount
Members may present this coupon and show their Detroit Zoo Membership cards for 15% off entire invoice. Offer accepted by 14 Detroit-area locations. Click here for the coupon.
The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) offers many gift ideas that allow the giver to give twice – recipients will love their “zoonique” gifts and the proceeds from sales will help support the animals at the Detroit Zoo.
Membership has its privileges. A Detroit Zoo membership provides a year’s supply of “Vitamin Z” with free daytime admission and parking to the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo, discounts at Zoo gift shops and many other benefits. Prices range from $53 to $160. Residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties receive $10 off all categories and can purchase up to four gift memberships at the discounted rate.
Membership Terms and Conditions
Memberships ordered online become effective immediately and your email confirmation serves as your temporary card granting you free admission and parking to the Zoo. Please print your confirmation receipt at the end of your transaction and provide a photo ID for entry. Permanent cards will be sent by mail.
- We want your visit to be pleasant and safe.
- Membership is a privilege. Members must abide by all current rules and regulations on the Information and Safety page.
- When using your membership card or guest privileges, one of the named adults on the card must be present for admittance.
- Please be prepared to show a photo ID along with your membership card at the admission gates.
- You will be asked to show your membership card to receive free parking upon exiting the parking areas.
- All Members must be listed on the membership card. Gender and age of all children will be recorded. All membership descriptions must be followed.
- Children listed on a Family, Single Parent or Supporter membership must live in the household with the primary adult member(s). Up to six children, 18 and under, may be listed.
- All membership benefits and prices are subject to change.
- Zoo memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable.
- Please consult your tax advisor regarding charitable donation rules.
For questions regarding your Detroit Zoo membership, view our FAQ (above) or email the Membership Department or call (248) 541-5717 and press 3.
For membership purchases, please call (248) 541-5717 and press option #3 on your keypad for our membership office. Memberships can be purchased on grounds at our membership office. For renewals by mail, our address is 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067.
Membership Categories Tri-County Price Regular Price
$43 $53 Daytime admission for one named adult
$65 $75 Daytime admission for one named adult and up to six named children 18 years and under living in the same address *
$65 $75 Daytime admission for one named adult and up to six named grandchildren 18 years and under
Individual Plus Guest
$65 $75 Daytime admission for one named adult and one unnamed guest
$65 $75 Daytime admission for two named adults living at the same address
$79 $89 Admission for two named adults and up to six named children 18 and under living at the same address *
$79 $89 Admission for two named adults living at the same address and up to six named grandchildren 18 and under
$150 $160 Same privileges as Family/Grandparent level plus two unnamed guests each visit *
Starts at $1,500 Same privileges as Supporter level while providing generous philanthropic support for the Detroit Zoological Society [Learn More] *Membership includes adults and children 18 and under living in the same household only.