DZS Facts

Detroit Zoological Society

  • Nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center
  • Statement of purpose: Celebrating and Saving Wildlife
  • Renowned leader in wildlife conservation, animal welfare, environmental sustainability and humane education
  • 261 full-time and 30 part-time employees
  • 1,000 volunteers
  • 52,000 member households

Detroit Zoo

  • Situated on 125 acres with many naturalistic habitats
  • Major exhibits include the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback Adventure, Great Apes of Harambee, National Amphibian Conservation Center, Holden Reptile Conservation Center and Butterfly Garden
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  • Click here for admission prices
  • Largest paid family attraction in Michigan with more than 1.5 million visitors annually
  • Home to more than 2,000 animals of 230 species
  • Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Belle Isle Nature Center

  • Situated on approximately 6 acres of Michigan’s forested wetland
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  • Focuses on Michigan wildlife, flora and fauna
  • Offers family nature programs and education programs for schools and community groups
  • Admission to the Nature Center is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all vehicles to enter Belle Isle.