9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule
The Detroit Zoological Society is a non-profit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.
The Detroit Zoological Society “critter parade” logo and the names Detroit Zoo, Detroit Zoological Park, and Belle Isle Nature Center are trademarks and/or servicemarks of the Detroit Zoological Society. We remind you that this site and its contents are protected by US and international copyright laws. And we ask you to agree to limit use of the content contained in the Detroit Zoological Society web site to personal, non-commercial use; and not to distribute or transmit the content to anyone else. Law prohibits use of any text or images from this site without express permission. Feel free to link your website to our home page. Any “Detroit Zoo” web sites not maintained by the Detroit Zoological Society must include a header indicating that they are “not supported or maintained by the Detroit Zoological Society and may contain outdated or inaccurate information.”
The Detroit Zoological Society reserves the right to add, change, modify, delete or otherwise update the Detroit Zoological Society web site at any time, including those actions which make the Detroit Zoological Society web site unavailable for use. In no way will The Detroit Zoological Society be held liable for incomplete, inaccurate, or misleading information contained in any of the associated pages. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK AND DISCRETION! The user hereby agrees that it will well and truly indemnify and save harmless the Detroit Zoological Society from all manners of suit, actions, damages, charges and expenses, including attorney and counsel fees related to any use, action, or inaction on the part of the user, related to or stemming from use of or lack of use of the Detroit Zoological Society website.
The safety protocols and reopening information were developed after reviewing scientific data, consulting with health experts, local officials and other zoos around the world. As a visitor, you are required to follow all of the safety guidelines established by the Detroit Zoological Society. COVID-19 is a new disease that is highly contagious and can cause severe illness and even death. Older adults and people who have underlying illnesses may be at greater risk for severe illness if they contract COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is still a risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 while in outdoor areas with other people, though it has been established that viruses do not, in general, survive sunlight/UV radiation for very long. When you visit the grounds of the Detroit Zoo, or any other public place, you are accepting there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, everyone must share the responsibility of following safety guidelines to help keep themselves and others safe. When you make the choice to visit the Detroit Zoo, you represent that you are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have not tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks and have not been in direct personal contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks. While in the Zoo, you are expected to observe the DZS’s safety guidelines that are derived from the CDC, WHO and other experts. They are outlined above and posted throughout the Zoo and include wearing a personal mask, following posted routes of circulation, physical distancing and adhering to sanitization requirements.
The Detroit Zoological Society does not collect personal information about visitors to our Website unless you choose to provide that information to us. We do not require this information for patrons to obtain access to our site. However, in order to participate in some of the programs offered on the Detroit Zoological Society or a partner website, you may be asked to provide personal information. Occasionally, we may also ask for personal information for our own internal marketing use. We will only collect personal information which you knowingly and voluntarily provide by, for example, sending emails, completing membership forms, or registering for classes, events, or other programs. We may contact you to provide information about our activities, programs, membership, and special events that may interest you. We will use our best efforts to only collect information from individuals over the age of 13. We may share any information you provide to us with our sponsors, partners, and affiliates.
If you have any questions about the Detroit Zoological Society online privacy policies or procedures, please contact the Marketing Director at the following address: Detroit Zoological Society, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067.
The Detroit Zoological Society will not trade, share or sell a member’s or donor’s personal information with any other individual or organization, nor will the DZS send member or donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. This policy applies to personal information collected online, by mail, in person, and by all other means.
Film/Video/Photos for Non-Commercial Purposes:
Film, video and still photography are permitted for personal non-commercial use. If photos are for non-commercial purposes, you may come to the Detroit Zoo as a regular visitor (admission and parking fees will apply; please see our website for current hours and prices, www.detroitzoo.org) and take your photos provided all the following apply:
Film/Video/Photos for Commercial Purposes:
For all film, video and still photography produced on Detroit Zoo grounds for commercial purposes, a written agreement must be entered into with the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) and a fee paid per the current fee guidelines. Two weeks advance notice is required.
Fees are determined by a variety of factors, including but not limited to, the nature and purpose of the project, its intended market, its potential promotional value to the Zoo, time of day, time of year, displacement of other revenue-generating events (catering, overnights, etc), disruption to exhibits and guests, access to behind-the-scenes areas, the impact of the production upon staff and animal care, length of stay and the extent to which the Zoo is required to support the project. Following are some general fee guidelines, subject to discussion and mutual agreement.
It is strictly forbidden to use images taken at the Detroit Zoo or of the Detroit Zoo logo without a written agreement and payment of the required fee for commercial activities, which include but are not limited to marketing, promotional and published materials, or retail merchandise and products.
To Schedule a Shoot: If you comply with these rules and would like to schedule a photo shoot or use existing photographs for commercial purposes or publication, follow the procedures outlined below.
Submit your request in writing at least two weeks in advance of the shoot date to Senior Communications Manager Rachelle Spence.
To Use Existing Photos for Commercial Purposes:
The DZS reserves the right to cancel any shoot at any time if it is not in the best interest of Zoo animals or visitors or is contrary to the Zoo’s mission.