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More Endangered Piping Plovers Saved by Detroit Zoological Society

Shorebird Conservation Work Migrates from Northern Michigan to Detroit Zoo During Pandemic

July 2, 2020

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

They may be tiny shorebirds, but endangered Great Lakes piping plovers require a significant conservation effort, and it’s one that has continued despite a global pandemic. Under normal circumstances, a Detroit Zoological Society-led team would have incubated abandoned piping plover eggs in the captive rearing facility at the University of Michigan’s Biological Station in Pellston, […]

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Male Chimpanzee Born at Detroit Zoo in January Successfully Unites with Adoptive Mom

Detroit Zoological Society animal care staff nurtured baby chimpanzee 24/7 for 5 Months

June 25, 2020

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for five months (and during a pandemic). That’s how long the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) animal care staff hand-reared a male chimpanzee born in early January before they successfully transitioned his care to an adoptive chimpanzee mom in June. “It’s a story of great dedication,” said Scott […]

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More than 170 Detroit Zoo-Born Dusky Gopher Frogs Head into the Wild

Release marks another important chapter in helping critically endangered amphibians

June 19, 2020

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

Consider it one small leap for amphibian-kind — more than 170 dusky gopher frogs bred at the Detroit Zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center were released in Mississippi this month as part of a cooperative program to restore a wild population of the critically endangered amphibian. This event marks the third time Detroit Zoo-born dusky gopher […]

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Detroit Zoological Society Delivers More Than 150 Virtual Learning Programs During Pandemic

Free DZS Digital Tools Continue to Help Families, Lifelong Learners

June 16, 2020

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

As part of its commitment to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Detroit Zoological Society education staff has produced more than 150 free virtual learning programs since mid-March, helping students and lifelong learners continue to explore wildlife conservation, animal welfare, environmental sustainability and humane education. “When we made the decision to temporarily close the […]

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Vitamin Z Awaits: Detroit Zoo Reopening for Members June 8

Detroit Zoological Society Announces New Safety Guidelines to Help Protect Visitors, Animals

June 4, 2020

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

As Michigan continues to emerge from hibernation, the Detroit Zoological Society is looking forward to welcoming members back to the Detroit Zoo by reservation starting Monday, June 8, with new safety guidelines and protocols in place aimed at helping to protect guests, staff and the animals. “Our goal is to provide the great Zoo experience […]

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