Join the Party for the Detroit Zoo’s 95th Anniversary!

Zoo to celebrate with special events, discounts, merchandise and more throughout the month of August

July 21, 2023

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

ROYAL OAK, Mich. — The Detroit Zoo is celebrating its 95th-anniversary this August, and we want guests to join in on the fun! The month-long celebration will feature special events, never-before-seen discounts, themed merchandise and more.

“The Detroit Zoo opened to the public for the first time on Aug. 1, 1928. Since then, it has built an incredible legacy of excellence in animal well-being, conservation, education and sustainability,” said Dr. Hayley Murphy, executive director and CEO of the Detroit Zoological Society.  “We have a lot to celebrate during this milestone anniversary, and this is one party you will not want to miss. We cannot wait to celebrate the past 95 years, and we look forward to a bright future here at the Detroit Zoo.”

The 95th-anniversary celebration kicks off on Aug. 1, when the Zoo will open its gates an hour early, beginning at 8 a.m. The first 95 non-member guests will receive free admission, and the first 995 people who enter the Zoo will enjoy a free one-way train ride on the Tauber Family Railroad! The morning also features a variety of unique experiences, including sea otter, red panda and reptile feedings; divers conducting tank cleanings at the Polk Penguin Conservation Center; miniature donkey walks; and special animal enrichments. Country music radio station 99.5 WYCD will also host a live broadcast at the Cotton Family Wolf Wilderness until 10 a.m. The kickoff event is included with Zoo admission and is free for members.

The party continues on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. with a family-friendly concert featuring rising country music star Hannah Ellis. Opening act and metro Detroit native Louie Lee takes the stage at the Main Picnic Grove at 6:30 p.m., and a performance from Hannah Ellis begins at 8 p.m. Advanced ticket purchases are required for entry and cost $19.95. The evening will also include games, food and beverages available for purchase, after-hours access to the Zoo’s 125 acres, extended hours for BRICKLIVE and more.

Guests can enjoy even more deals and perks throughout the entire month of August, including:

  • Historic membership discounts — All new and renewing members will enjoy $10 off the membership level of their choice.
  • One-of-a-kind merchandise — Guests can pick up unique water tower and 95th anniversary-themed merchandise at the Detroit Zoo’s Zoofari Market.
  • Food and beverage specials — Zoogoers will enjoy 95-cent specials, including $1.95 for regular sodas, 95-cent refills on souvenir cups, and buy one bear tracks and get a second for 95 cents at select locations.
  • An exclusive beer collaboration — The Detroit Zoological Society and Griffin Claw Brewing Company have teamed up to create the Celebrating 95 Years IPA for sale at Zoo food and beverage locations.