Detroit Zoo’s 95th Anniversary Celebration 

All August Long 

The Detroit Zoo is turning 95, and you’re invited to our birthday party! From exclusive discounts and merchandise to special events, this is one birthday party you’ll want to RSVP “yes” to. 


On Aug. 1, 1928, the Detroit Zoo opened to the public for the first time. From the beginning, we’ve been dedicated to excellence — and we continue that tradition of excellence today as world-renowned leaders in animal well-being and care, sustainability, conservation, community engagement and education. With 95 years of successes behind us — and a future filled with possibility ahead of us — we have a lot to celebrate during this milestone anniversary. We’re excited to have you join us! 

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$10 off membership all throughout August!

LIMITED TIME OFFER: For the month of August, new and renewing members can enjoy $10* off the membership level of their choice. The DZS has never before offered a membership deal like this, so take advantage of these historic rates! As a bonus, the first 950 people to purchase a membership in August will receive a FREE plush!**

* Tri-county residents will receive the $10 anniversary discount in addition to the $10 tri-county discounted rate.  

**Plush is exclusive to onsite membership purchases only. Offer available while supplies last.  

Five Fantastic Appreciation Days

We love our Zoo-goers! The Detroit Zoo couldn’t have built its legacy over the last 95 years without the support of our community behind us — and we want to say a proper thank you. To show our gratitude, we are offering select groups special perks and zookeeper chats during our 95th Anniversary Appreciation Days!


APPLICABLE MEMBERS: free one-way train tickets
APPLICABLE NON-MEMBERS: $9.50 admission!


Wednesday, Aug. 16: Educators Appreciation Day

All pre-K to college-level teachers and administrators employed by a learning institution are eligible.

Scheduled zookeeper chats/enrichment activities:
10 a.m. — Polar bear habitat
1 p.m. — Holden Reptile Conservation Center


Thursday, Aug. 17: Nonprofit Professionals Appreciation Day

All full- and part-time employees of a nonprofit organization are eligible.

Scheduled zookeeper chats/enrichment activities:
10 a.m. — River otter habitat
10:30 a.m. — Chimpanzee habitat


Monday, Aug. 21: Municipal Workers Appreciation Day

All full- and part-time workers employed by a city, village, township, county or state are eligible.

Scheduled zookeeper chats/enrichment activities:
10 a.m. — Lemur habitat
10:30 a.m. — Rhino habitat


Tuesday, Aug. 22: Healthcare Professionals Appreciation Day

All healthcare workers employed by a hospital, primary care office, veterinarian office, urgent care clinic or private practice are eligible.

Scheduled zookeeper chats/enrichment activities:
10 a.m. — Matilda R. Wilson Free Flight Aviary
10 a.m. — Donkey habitat
10:30 a.m. — Bison habitat
1:30 p.m. — National Amphibian Conservation Center


Wednesday, Aug. 23: Military and Veterans Appreciation Day

All veterans, active duty and reserve military personnel, and military retirees are eligible.

Scheduled zookeeper chats/enrichment activities:
10 a.m. — Grizzly bear habitat
1 p.m. — Holden Reptile Conservation Center


*The non-member admission discount and member train tickets are available onsite only. Valid ID and proof of employment and/or military/veteran status are required to receive the 95th Anniversary Appreciation Day discount. This special offer does not extend to other members of the individual’s party.


Month-long features including:

Anniversary merchandise
Take home a piece of the celebration! At Zoofari Market, you can purchase exclusive water tower- and 95th anniversary-themed merchandise. From key chains, glassware and coasters to apparel and jewelry, you are sure to find the limited-time souvenir for you!

Food and beverage specials
Even our food and beverage locations are getting in on the fun! Throughout the month, our guests will enjoy special 95 cent specials, including:

  • $1.95 for regular sodas
  • 95-cent refills on souvenir cups
  • Buy one bear track and get a second for 95 cents at select locations

Delicious anniversary brew
We’ve teamed up with Griffin Claw Brewing Company to produce a specialty beer that celebrates this milestone anniversary. The Celebrating 95 Years IPA is as bright and vibrant as the Zoo’s history. Be sure to pick up a pint on your next visit!

Unique animal experiences
Throughout the month, we will be hosting zookeeper chats where you will be able to learn about your favorite animals from the animal care team members who work with them every day.


Celebrate the Zoo’s 95th anniversary by giving a $95 gift

The Detroit Zoo could not have built its incredible legacy without the support of generous people like you. Your gift will provide the more than 2,000 animals who call the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center home with nutritious diets, veterinary services and expert care; support conservation programs abroad and in our community; and preserve the Zoo’s iconic 125-acre park.
Help us continue to ignite positive change for animals and nature for generations to come.

August 1
Kickoff Event

August 6
95th Anniversary Concert