9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule
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Yes, all visitors (two and older) are required to have a reservation prior to their visit in order for us to maintain capacity limits within the Detroit Zoo. The reservation requirement will end soon.
Temporarily, due to the pandemic and capacity limits within the Detroit Zoo, purchasing a membership does not guarantee you will be able to select any time and date slot to visit. While you may see openings for general admission tickets, that may not necessarily mean membership slots are available for those same dates and times. General admission tickets are available in order to give people who may not be able to afford a membership a chance to visit. However, we continue to open up date and time slots for members each day.
General ticket admission is currently available because we don’t want to exclude anyone from visiting who may not be able to afford a DZS membership. Each day, we open up more date and time slots for members. You will be able to visit your Detroit Zoo, we just ask that you check detroitzoo.org/reservations often.
Currently, we’re asking members to only make a reservation once every two weeks in order to give other members the chance to visit.
All guests are required to make an advance reservation prior to their visit. If you need reservation assistance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248-541-5717. Please be advised we are experiencing high traffic on our reservation site and through our call center. Please try again if you have issues. Thank you for your patience as we do our best to support all of our members and guests. A limited number of general admission tickets will also be available at the gate each day with pricing of $15 per child or senior, and $19 per adult. The best way to guarantee your Detroit Zoo visit is to book your visit in advance online.
Please only make a reservation for a day and time you are planning to come. Unfortunately, we have a high percentage of members who are not showing up for their reservations, which is preventing other members from visiting.
Visitors purchasing general admission tickets will be required to pay a change fee per ticket to visit the Zoo on a different date.
All ticket purchases are non-refundable. Visitors purchasing general admission tickets will be required to pay a change fee per ticket to visit the Zoo on a different date.
The members-only entrance at Rackham Fountain is open Saturdays and Sundays.
For the safety of our animals, the Giraffe Encounter is temporarily unavailable.
Yes, convenience rentals are available. View our current list here.
You can read the current safety guidelines at detroitzoo.org/health. We are updating the page often.
Yes, check out Zoo Treks to find out which habitats and indoor areas are currently open.
Visitors are strictly prohibited from feeding any animal at the Detroit Zoo. Animals have specialized and nutritionally balanced diets, and throwing food and other objects into habitats risks their health and safety. Guests who violate this rule will be escorted from the Zoo.
The Polk Penguin Conservation Center is expected to reopen in Fall 2021.
Yes, you can bring in your own food, non-alcoholic beverages and cooler. Grilling on Zoo grounds is prohibited. We have a large number of picnic tables throughout the Zoo for guest use, some of which are under tents. Feel free to sit at any that are not reserved.
For the safety of your pet and our animals, pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds.
The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year; we are only closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Starting in October we switch to our winter hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
We offer a large variety of unique opportunities for private events. Please visit here for more information.
Zoo animals are cared for by specially trained keepers who, in most cases, do not come in direct contact with them. So while it isn’t possible for anyone to pet a Zoo animal or volunteer to work with them, we do have a couple of suggestions. Also, our WildLife Preserver’s “Adopt-an-Animal” program allows you to make a donation in someone’s name. It is a symbolic adoption – the donation will be used for the care of the animals – and he or she will receive a certificate and information about the animal they love.
The Zoo is 125 acres. If you walk all the primary pathways on the main route, it is a 1.7-mile trip. Adding in smaller paths increases your distance.
The Detroit Zoological Society’s monthly newsletter keeps you up to date on what’s new and exciting at the Detroit Zoo!
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