DZS Updates Regarding COVID-19

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The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) has continued to monitor the rapidly evolving news regarding COVID-19. We have always remained in compliance with recommendations from officials and taken a number of precautions, including limiting the number of visitors in our 125 acres, closing all indoor facilities, adding more than 50 hand sanitizing stations and enhancing our cleaning protocols.

At this time, however, we have decided to temporarily close the Detroit Zoo to the public through at least the end of April. We will continue to monitor developments to assess how to move forward. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time and encourage everyone to follow the guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In an effort to spread some much-needed joy, we’ll be sharing many glorious photographs of the animals who live here at the Detroit Zoo as well as educational videos and live streams on our social media channels through our Virtual Vitamin Z campaign.


*The Detroit Zoological Park is closed through at least the end of April. 

*The Belle Isle Nature Center is closed through at least the end of April. 


All large public and private events — especially those that were scheduled for our indoor facilities — have been cancelled through at least the end of April. Further cancellations or postponements will be decided at a later date. View events here.


The DZS is taking proactive measures to make sure the animals who live at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center will continue to be properly cared for and protected. The DZS has acquired extra food and medical supplies for all of the animals. Staff members have also cross-trained through other animal divisions. Additionally, our staff always wears personal protective equipment while caring for certain species, including primates and bats. Animal care staff will also now be wearing personal protective equipment while caring for the big cats who live at the Zoo.


For more information on COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website: