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It’s Official: Science Says Viewing Animals at the Detroit Zoo Reduces Stress

Detroit Zoological Society shares results of wellness study

April 15, 2019

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

Playful otters. Graceful giraffes. Fluttering butterflies. For those who feel a sense of calm and joy at the very thought of these images, there’s good news. Viewing these and other animals at the Detroit Zoo has been shown to reduce stress. The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS), in partnership with researchers at Michigan State University (MSU), […]

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Sunset at the Zoo Promises a Roaring Good Time

June 7 gala supports renovation and expansion of tiger habitat

April 12, 2019

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Detroit Zoological Society’s annual Sunset at the Zoo fundraiser, presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions, will be held Friday, June 7, 2019, 7-11 p.m. The “Asian Forest”-themed 21-and-older gala is held rain or shine, and the Detroit Zoo closes at 1 p.m. that day in preparation for the festivities. Sunset at the Zoo offers a […]

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Detroit Zoological Society Appoints Curator of Humane Education

Stephen Vrla to lead programs that help people help animals

April 10, 2019

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) has named Stephen Vrla Curator of Humane Education. He is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing programs designed to educate and inform audiences about the need for compassion, responsibility and respect for animals and the environment. Vrla holds the distinction of being the only humane education curator at any zoo. […]

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Detroit Zoological Society Invites Guests to Contribute to Scientific Research

Celebrate Citizen Science Day April 13 at the Detroit Zoo

April 9, 2019

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is celebrating Citizen Science Day on Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Detroit Zoo. Visitors will have the chance to become directly involved in science and data collection by participating in hands-on activities that are free with Zoo admission. “Citizen science offers an opportunity for […]

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A Double-Hump Day Happening

Birth of Bactrian camel at Detroit Zoo brings herd to five

April 8, 2019

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Detroit Zoo is celebrating the birth of a female Bactrian camel born Wednesday, March 27, to 10-year-old mother Suren and 11-year-old father Rusty. Named Tula for a river in Mongolia, she can be seen in the camel habitat across from the Horace H. Rackham Memorial Fountain. The newborn calf also joins siblings male Humphrey, […]

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