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Ron Kagan, CEO of the DZS, Announces his Upcoming Retirement

January 5, 2021

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

After 28 years of service, Ron Kagan, 69, will retire this summer from his role as Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS). DZS board chair Tony Earley has formed a search committee to identify a successor. “I’ve been in love with DZS and this community from the day I arrived. So […]

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DZS Welcomes Director of Diversity and Community Engagement

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is pleased to announce Dr. De’Andrea Matthews as the organization’s director of diversity and community engagement. Dr. Matthews will work closely with the DZS executive team, racial equity working group, diversity advisory council and human resource department as well as the board’s diversity and community engagement committee. “I feel fortunate […]

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First Lion Born in 40 Years at the Detroit Zoo

December 22, 2020

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is pleased to announce a holiday gift to our community as this momentous year comes to an end: a female lion cub named Binti, who was born on September 10, 2020. Binti, whose name means “daughter” in Swahili, is the first lion born at the Detroit Zoo since 1980. Over […]

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Baby Red Panda Makes Debut at Detroit Zoo

November 19, 2020

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

Baby red panda Scarlet has made her first public appearance at the Detroit Zoo following her birth this past July. She lives in the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest with mother, Ash. “It’s really exciting to see Scarlet learn from Ash how to be a red panda. This involves a lot of dramatic tree […]

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New Giraffe Arrives at Detroit Zoo

November 9, 2020

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

A 2-year-old female giraffe is taking the African Grasslands habitat at the Detroit Zoo to new heights. Female giraffe Zara arrived from the Peoria, Illinois zoo to join Mpenzi, Kivuli and Jabari. “We’re happy to welcome Zara to the herd,” said Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society. “She has a […]

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