Sunset at the Zoo: Where Life Connects

June 21 | 7-11 p.m.


From 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 21, the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) and event chairs Kelly and Clifford Houseman will host a spectacular 21-and-older fundraising gala, Sunset at the Zoo: Where Life Connects, at the Detroit Zoo.
Sunset will provide guests with a sensational evening that includes delicious cuisine, delectable drinks, live entertainment, and a silent and live auction! During this fun-filled celebration, guests will also enjoy exclusive nighttime access to many of the Detroit Zoo’s expansive animal habitats.



This year’s event highlights the many ways the Detroit Zoological Society creates meaningful, lasting connections between people, animals and the natural world. Funds raised at Sunset will support the daily work that propels this mission – providing unique, up-close opportunities to connect with animals, creating programs that build empathy and understanding, and working with partners on every continent to protect wildlife and wild places.


Standard: $250

Fair Market Value: $90 each

  • Admission to Sunset at the Zoo from 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Tasty, local cuisine
  • Divine drinks
  • Silent auction with one-of-a-kind prizes
  • Live entertainment

Standard: $600

Fair Market Value: $125 each

  • All the benefits of Main Event tickets
  • VIP Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring exclusive menu items from top metro-Detroit chefs
  • Early entry to Sunset at the Zoo
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Exclusive access to the live auction

Starting at:

Fair Market Value: $125 each

  • All the benefits of VIP tickets for four (4) guests


If you are unable to attend this year’s event but would like to show your support, please click below to donate.  


Sunset at the Zoo is a rain-or-shine event, and tickets are nonrefundable. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. The DZS reserves the right to request ID at the door. The Zoo will be closed Friday, June 21 in preparation for Sunset at the Zoo.