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Life’s a Beach for Otters at the Detroit Zoo

Habitat expansion includes 9,000-gallon aquatic area, rustic log cabin design

July 21, 2017

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The North American river otters at the Detroit Zoo have tested the waters of the newly renovated and expanded Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat – and now their spruced-up space is an open house for Zoo visitors. Thanks to a gift from the Edward Mardigian Family Foundation, the habitat has more than tripled in […]

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Satisfy Your Appetite for Adventure at Detroit Zoo’s Newest Event

International food and beverage pairings represent animals’ homelands

July 13, 2017

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

Detroit Zoo guests can go on a culinary “safari” and sample food and beverage pairings representing many of the animals’ homelands. The Zoo’s inaugural Appetite for Adventure – a 21-and-older event – takes place on Friday, August 11, 2017, 6-9 p.m. Guests may choose between two starting points for their globally inspired tasting journey. Those […]

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Detroit Zoo Celebrates Breeding Success for Critically Endangered Toad

More than 5,000 Puerto Rican crested tadpoles to be released into the wild

July 12, 2017

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Detroit Zoological Society’s (DZS’s) ongoing breeding program for the critically endangered Puerto Rican crested toad has produced 5,635 tadpoles. Twenty tadpoles have been retained for future breeding at the Detroit Zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center while the rest are bound for Puerto Rico’s El Tallonal biological reserve on July 12 for release into the […]

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Wyoming Toad Population Grows By Leaps and Bounds at Detroit Zoo

Hundreds of tadpoles set for release into the wild

July 5, 2017

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Detroit Zoological Society’s (DZS) conservation breeding program for the Wyoming toad continues to make strides for the federally endangered amphibian. Seven hundred tadpoles have been produced in the Detroit Zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center and are scheduled to be shipped to Wyoming on July 5 for eventual release into the wild. “It’s exciting to […]

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Giant Steps for Dwarf Sirens at the Detroit Zoo

Baby salamanders among rare few to hatch in captivity

June 28, 2017

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

Dwarf sirens, a species of salamander rarely reproduced in captivity, overcame the odds in recent weeks when four eggs hatched at the Detroit Zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center. “These animals are very difficult to breed in captivity – it typically takes changing the ion content of the water to mimic dilution from rainfall,” said Dr. […]

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