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Bringing the Mission Home: Sunset is Going Virtual!

The wildest event of the year is about to unfold in living rooms across Michigan

September 3, 2020

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

Sunset at the Zoo is always metro-Detroit’s wildest party of the year —and this year, the guests get to host! The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) has re-imagined this popular and vitally important fundraising event for 2020. With behind-the-scenes stories about animal care, wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability, Sunset for the Zoo: Bringing the Mission Home will […]

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Piping Plover Captive Rearing Program Celebrates Most Successful Year to Date

Detroit Zoological Society Hatches and Rears Thirty-Nine Endangered Shorebird Chicks

August 27, 2020

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The year 2020 has quite literally gone to the birds. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted people and wildlife around the world, 2020 is a milestone for endangered Great Lakes piping plovers — marking the most successful outcome of the Detroit Zoological Society’s Piping Plover Captive Rearing Program since it began nearly 20 […]

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Here’s the Scoop: Injured Pelican Believed to Have Survived Michigan Winter Finds Refuge at Detroit Zoo

Animal Care Staff Nurses Non-Releasable Bird Back to Health

August 19, 2020

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

An American white pelican believed to have survived last Michigan’s winter with fractures in both wings and an injured right foot has now found refuge at the Detroit Zoo after she was left behind by her scoop in Monroe, Michigan. “It is uncommon that American white pelicans migrate through Michigan, but it happens from time […]

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‘Salamander Love Doctor’ Strikes Again

Director of Award-Winning National Amphibian Conservation Center Using Hormones to Help Vulnerable Species

August 12, 2020

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

When you have a salamander species at risk, who are you going to call? Detroit Zoological Society’s Dr. Ruth Marcec-Greaves. Affectionately referred to as the “salamander love doctor,” Marcec-Greaves has helped bolster salamander populations, as well as other amphibian populations, around the world — with the latest success story unfolding with the Edwards Aquifer Refugia […]

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Rescued Turkey Vulture “Couch-Surfs” at Detroit Zoo

Fledgling Builds Strength, Rejoins Wild Vultures Thanks to Detroit Zoological Society Staff

August 3, 2020

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

A young turkey vulture found trapped in a stairwell on a neighboring golf course in Huntington Woods has now reunited with its wild counterparts after spending time at the Detroit Zoo building up its strength. When Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) staff first observed the bird on the golf course after they were called for assistance, […]

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