Private Zoo Evening


Wow your guests by hosting your event at the Detroit Zoo after hours. You and your guests will enjoy exclusive access to the Zoo for a strolling reception or a casual American picnic. The Zoo offers your guests 125 acres of true-to-life habitats that are home to more than 3,000 animals.

$12,000 Monday-Thursday
$15,000 Friday-Sunday

Rental Fee Includes:

  • Main Picnic Tent
  • Polk Penguin Conservation Center
  • All outdoor habitats including the Arctic Ring of Life and Australian Outback Adventure
  • One Tauber Family Railroad train
  • Carousel
  • Parking
  • The rental fee includes up to 1,000 guest admission; additional guests will be billed at $9 per guest.

Catering or a concession package is required. Food and beverage service is through the Detroit Zoo Catering Department, “Taste”.

Additional Fees:

  • Additional covered dining tent – $1,000/each
  • Wildlife Interpretive Gallery and Butterfly Garden – $1,500
    (Garden closes at 8 p.m.)
  • National Amphibian Conservation Center – $1,000
  • 4-D Theater (located in the Wild Adventure Zone) – $2,500


“Private Zoo Evening” rentals at the Detroit Zoo are available daily, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., June through August.  To confirm your date today, contact our Events team at (248) 336-5745 or use the form below.

Hours and rates subject to change. Zoo facilities may not be rented for any event that the Zoo deems inconsistent with its character and/or its mission of Celebrating and Saving Wildlife and Wild Places.