Celebrating Wildlife

January - December | Dates/times will vary | Virtual Celebration!

Mark your calendars for these virtual adventures at the Detroit Zoo in conjunction with national and international species recognition days and seasonal celebrations with the animals.


 

A lion, licking his chops

Monday, August 10

World Lion Day

Bring your cubs to celebrate the king of beasts. Enjoy fun learning activities and virtual zookeeper talks, on the Detroit Zoo Facebook page, about rescued lions Simba and Erin and sisters Asha and Amirah as well as fun facts about their wild counterparts.

Bring your cubs to celebrate the king of beasts. Enjoy fun learning activities and virtual zookeeper talks, on the Detroit Zoo Facebook page, about rescued lions Simba and Erin and sisters Asha and Amirah as well as fun facts about their wild counterparts.


Wednesday, August 12

World Elephant Day

In 2005, the Detroit Zoo became the first zoo in the country to decide solely on ethical grounds to no longer keep elephants. In the years since, more zoos have made the same decision. On World Elephant Day, we’ll remember Asian elephants Wanda and Winky and continue the conversation about how elephants are faring in the wild.

In 2005, the Detroit Zoo became the first zoo in the country to decide solely on ethical grounds to no longer keep elephants. In the years since, more zoos have made the same decision. On World Elephant Day, we’ll remember Asian elephants Wanda and Winky and continue the conversation about how elephants are faring in the wild.


Vulture

Saturday, September 5

International Vulture Awareness Day

Celebrate the world’s 23 species of vultures, including five that live at the Detroit Zoo. Learn about the threats facing these birds in the wild and the work the Detroit Zoological Society is doing to preserve their wild populations.

Celebrate the world’s 23 species of vultures, including five that live at the Detroit Zoo. Learn about the threats facing these birds in the wild and the work the Detroit Zoological Society is doing to preserve their wild populations.


A red panda

Saturday, September 19

International Red Panda Day

Head to the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest to celebrate these charismatic creatures. Virtual Vitamin Z programming on the Detroit Zoo’s Facebook page will feature Ravi, Ash, Keti and Ta-Shi, and their wild counterparts and our work to protect them.

Head to the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest to celebrate these charismatic creatures. Virtual Vitamin Z programming on the Detroit Zoo’s Facebook page will feature Ravi, Ash, Keti and Ta-Shi, and their wild counterparts and our work to protect them.


A rhino

Tuesday, September 22

World Rhino Day

We’re honoring these majestic – and threatened – animals at the southern white rhinoceros habitat, home to Tamba and Jasiri. Discover fun facts about this species and learn how the illegal trade of wildlife products is hurting their wild populations.

We’re honoring these majestic – and threatened – animals at the southern white rhinoceros habitat, home to Tamba and Jasiri. Discover fun facts about this species and learn how the illegal trade of wildlife products is hurting their wild populations.


A gorilla looking at the camera

Thursday, September 24

World Gorilla Day

Join us for Virtual Vitamin Z programming at the Great Apes of Harambee habitat as we celebrate silverback gorillas Pende, Kongo and Chip and their wild counterparts. You’ll develop a better understanding of our close relations and discover what we are doing to save them.

Join us for Virtual Vitamin Z programming at the Great Apes of Harambee habitat as we celebrate silverback gorillas Pende, Kongo and Chip and their wild counterparts. You’ll develop a better understanding of our close relations and discover what we are doing to save them.


A chimpanzee sitting on a pumkin

Wednesday, October 14, and Saturday, October 24

Smashing Pumpkins

This simultaneous celebration of enrichment and the fall harvest is a perennial favorite for Detroit Zoo residents and visitors alike. Watch the animals play with, roll around in, tear apart and smash their harvest gifts.

This simultaneous celebration of enrichment and the fall harvest is a perennial favorite for Detroit Zoo residents and visitors alike. Watch the animals play with, roll around in, tear apart and smash their harvest gifts.


A wolf looking at the camera

Sunday, October 18

National Wolf Awareness Week

Visit the Cotton Family Wolf Wilderness or join us for Virtual Vitamin Z zookeeper talks on the Detroit Zoo’s Facebook page. You’ll learn about gray wolves Renner and Kaska, the vital role wolves play in the ecosystem and how we can help protect and conserve this species and their wild habitats across North America.

Visit the Cotton Family Wolf Wilderness or join us for Virtual Vitamin Z zookeeper talks on the Detroit Zoo’s Facebook page. You’ll learn about gray wolves Renner and Kaska, the vital role wolves play in the ecosystem and how we can help protect and conserve this species and their wild habitats across North America.


Tuesday, October 20

International Sloth Day

Meet Molasses, known as Mo, a Linne’s two-toed sloth who found sanctuary at the Detroit Zoo in 2018. Learn fun facts about his wild counterparts through Virtual Vitmain Z zookeeper talks and fun learning activities on the Detroit Zoo’s Facebook page.

Meet Molasses, known as Mo, a Linne’s two-toed sloth who found sanctuary at the Detroit Zoo in 2018. Learn fun facts about his wild counterparts through Virtual Vitmain Z zookeeper talks and fun learning activities on the Detroit Zoo’s Facebook page.


An emerald monitor (lizard) on a rock

Wednesday, October 21

Reptile Awareness Day

Join us as we bring Virtual Vitmain Z to the Holden Reptile Conservation Center to celebrate these slithering species. You’ll learn all about the wonders of the scaly world and discover what the Detroit Zoological Society is doing to preserve animals like the massasauga rattlesnake and western pond turtle.

Join us as we bring Virtual Vitmain Z to the Holden Reptile Conservation Center to celebrate these slithering species. You’ll learn all about the wonders of the scaly world and discover what the Detroit Zoological Society is doing to preserve animals like the massasauga rattlesnake and western pond turtle.


A bison

Saturday, November 7

National Bison Day

Did you know that the bison is the largest mammal in North America – and they can run at speeds up to 35 miles an hour? You’ll learn many more fascinating facts about the official national mammal during this special celebration.

Did you know that the bison is the largest mammal in North America – and they can run at speeds up to 35 miles an hour? You’ll learn many more fascinating facts about the official national mammal during this special celebration.


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Sunday, November 15

America Recycles Day

Bring any electronics you’d like to discard – even larger ones, like old TVs, DVD players, computers and printers. You can drop them off from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the large 10 Mile Road parking lot near the gazebo, and we will see that they get recycled responsibly.

Bring any electronics you’d like to discard – even larger ones, like old TVs, DVD players, computers and printers. You can drop them off from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the large 10 Mile Road parking lot near the gazebo, and we will see that they get recycled responsibly.

 

* Dates may be subject to change.