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Detroit Zoo’s Polk Penguin Conservation Center Offers a Lesson in ‘Endurance’

Search in Antarctica for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship has been called off

February 14, 2019

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The attempt this week in Antarctica to locate the wreckage of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance may have ended without success, but Detroit Zoo visitors can still immerse themselves in an experience simulating the legendary voyage. Shackleton’s harrowing journey has been called the greatest survival story of all time – an 18-month struggle […]

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Detroit Zoological Society Helping with Rescue of Flamingos in South Africa

Massive effort underway to save more than 1,800 abandoned chicks

February 12, 2019

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) and other wildlife conservation organizations worldwide rushed bird care staff and veterinarians to South Africa last week to aid in the emergency rescue and rehabilitation of more than 1,800 lesser flamingo chicks abandoned in their nesting grounds near Kimberly in the Northern Cape. With a season of little to no […]

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Learn All About the Birds and the Bees

Belle Isle Nature Center hosts family-friendly Valentine’s Day-themed event

January 31, 2019

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Belle Isle Nature Center will host its annual family-friendly Valentine’s Day-themed celebration, The Birds and the Bees, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features photography, crafts, zookeeper talks and other fun learning activities. “This G-rated celebration encourages guests to show some love for our winged friends that […]

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Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center Will Be Closed During Deep Freeze

Facilities will be closed to guests Wednesday, possibly Thursday

January 29, 2019

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

While Michigan is under a state of emergency due to the extreme cold temperatures, the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center will be closed to guests on Wednesday, January 30. Both facilities may be closed as well on Thursday, January 31, if conditions remain as currently projected. “Our staff will be working to ensure […]

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Leap Into Conservation by Joining FrogWatch

Classes held at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center

January 11, 2019

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is inviting Southeast Michigan residents to hop to it and join the local chapter of FrogWatch USA. The citizen science program teaches volunteers how to identify frogs and toads by their breeding calls and to gather and record data that supports a national network. “We already know about the extinctions […]

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